Saturday, October 17, 2015

First powered flight

John Taylor, A Picture History of Flight, Hulton Press 1974

Henri Giffard's steam powered balloon made its first flight on September 24 1852, making a 27 km flight from Paris to Trappes, Due to a strong wind, he was unable to make the return flight but did make various turns and circles, proving it could be controlled. The funnel points downwards, away from the hydrogen-filled balloon.

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