In 1797 André-Jacques Garnerin makes the first recorded parachute jump, from one thousand meters above Paris.


Schematic depiction of Garnerin’s first parachute used in the Parc Monceau descent of 22 October, 1797. Illustration dates from the early nineteenth century.

André-Jacques Garnerin (31 January, 1769 – 18 August, 1823) was appointed Official Aeronaut of France.