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Hot-air balloons went from mode of transportation to relative novelty, but throughout their history, these floating vehicles have been very odd. From a balloon built for lifting a person on horseback to the hot-air balloon replica of Christ the Redeemer, here are some of the weirdest balloons ever.

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The balloon that crossed the English Channel for the first time, with Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr. John Jeffries, January 1785

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A balloon of Pierre Testu-Brissy (c. 1770-1829), who made about fifty flights on a horse, the first on October 16, 1798

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An electric-powered airship, designed by Captain W. Peterson for dropping missiles, 1885

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Britain's first military aircraft (a semi-rigid airship) named "Nulli Secundus" ("Second to none"), with a canoe-shaped car, first flown on 10 September 1907

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An unusual Serbian military balloon, c. 1915

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A model of Popeye in a Thanksgiving Parade near Times Square, New York, November 1961

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A roll of 35 mm film at a festival in Bristol, 1999

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A house, 1999

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A map of Britain, 1999

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A FA Cup-shaped balloon flies over Northampton during the Northampton Balloon Festival, 2000

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The head of the Statue of Liberty, flies over Johnson Space Center in Houston, August 2002

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A flying cow takes off in the skiing resort of Chateau d'Oex, in the Swiss Alps, January 2003

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A 246 ft (75 m) high and 338 ft (103 m) long balloon cathedral, designed by Jan Kaeser and Martin Zimmermann to celebrate the 200 years jubilee of Swiss canton St. Gallen, 2003

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The 90 ft (27 m) high head of Vincent Van Gogh, made in The Netherlands, 2003

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Balloons over Red Rock State Park during the 22nd Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally, near Gallup, New Mexico, 2002

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A Space Shuttle-shaped balloon, about 50% larger than the actual Shuttle

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The head of Darth Vader, 2008

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The Epcot's Spaceship Earth Balloon, 2009

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A balloon at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, 2013

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The Christ The Redeemer statue, wearing the colors of Australia's soccer team, floats over Melbourne, Australia as a part of the 2014 soccer World Cup campaign, June 2014

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