Sophie Blanchard was one of the worlds first female aviators. She was described as was small, quiet, and nervous. Noises like the busy street and the carriage rides bothered her, perhaps this is they she liked ballooning so much. Sophie Blanchard and her husband were famous for their showy ballooning events. Very often they performed stunts such as lighting fireworks from the balloon. This was very dangerous since the gas they used to inflate the balloon was flammable. In fact, she died after her balloon caught fire and crashed. For a great podcast about her, click here.