'Dupuy de Lome' airship, 1872

'Dupuy de Lome' airship, 1872

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Caption: 'Dupuy de Lome' airship. 19th-century illustration of the 'Dupuy de Lome' airship, launched in 1872. Designed by French marine engineer Staislas Charles Henri Laurent, Dupuy de Lome (1816-1885), this was the first operational airship. It was 36 metres long, just under 15 meters in diameter, and 29 metres wide. It was powered by an engine, reaching speeds of 9 to 11 kilometres per hour. The basket could hold a crew of eight. Artwork from 'Aerostation - Aviation' (1911) by French civil engineer Max de Nansouty (1854-1913), part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.

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