he history books have shown us that Chinese acrobats made use of this contraption as a form of entertainment. This is what blazed the trail for the parachute in Western society in the 1600s. One thing that’s for sure is that once China ignited the idea, the baton was passed to France. Hot air balloons and parachutes became super-French in the 1700s by big names such as the Montgolfier brothers and Andre-Jacques Garnerin. These guys made a spectacle of aviation by providing aerial stunts for the world to see. Also parachutes tended to save them from balloon mishaps, so that was nice. Either way, going up in a balloon and gliding dramatically back down by means of a chute left an impression on Europe, and this solidified a place in history for skydiving.