Collections related to balloons and airships.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1826-1998.
1 online resource (6 monographs, 623 manuscripts, 595 newspapers/periodicals) : illustrations, portraits.
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[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1826-1998.
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Date range of documents: 1826-1998.
Publication title: The Airship.
Reproduction of the original from the National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division.
Subcollection titles: Carl Myers Balloon Farm collection; Donald G. Cathcart ballooning collection, 1932-1965 (bulk 1932-1951); George Henry Mills collection; Hindenburg memorabilia collection; Japanese WWII balloon bombs collection; John and Charles Wise ballooning collection; Krainik ballooning collection, 1859-1934; A. Roy Knabenshue collection; Thaddeus S. C. Lowe family photographs collection 1862-1895; Walter and Arthur Wellman collection 1894-1934.
On November 21, 1783, the Montgolfier brothers sent a manned hot-air balloon aloft over Paris. Ten days later a manned hydrogen balloon created by Jacques Charles and the Robert brothers rose from the grounds of the Tuileries. These events launched an era of lighter-than-air flight experimentation with increasingly ambitious balloons, blimps, and dirigibles. They spurred adventure, exploration, commerce, and meteorology and impacted the U.S. Civil War and World Wars I and II. The eighteen collections from the National Air and Space Museum aggregated here document important historical moments and phases of lighter-than-air aeronautics. Prints, photographs, and posters illustrate the earliest years and the resulting shifts in popular culture. Others contain drawings and designs for early airships and document the inventions that made dirigible flight viable. Still others illuminate the careers of those who conceived and implemented the military use of airships in the most titanic contests of the twentieth century.
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English, French, German, Japanese.
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