Woelfert's airship, 19th century

Woelfert's airship, 19th century

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Caption: Woelfert's airship, 19th-century photograph. This hydrogen-filled dirigible, designed by the German aviation pioneer Friedrich Hermann Woelfert (1850-1897), was named the 'Deutschland'. Woelfert's airships pioneered the use of petrol engines, which were from the Daimler company. This airship was exhibited at the Great Industrial Exposition of Berlin in 1896. Several successful flights were made, but Woelfert and his mechanic died the following year when their airship caught fire and crashed soon after take-off. Photograph from the 19th volume (first period of 1897) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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