The ascension of a Montgolfier balloon, November 21, 1783Ethel Rich, Hugh Barclay RichView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum
Ascension of the Montgolfier balloon of November 21, 1783; The landscape and surroundings are not an accurate depiction of the actual launch site, the Château de la Muette, or environs. The Birth of F…
Pendant showing the flight of Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d’Arlandes in a Montgolfier balloon, November 1783View Full Item in National Air and Space Museum
The flight of De Rozier and D'Arlandes, November 1783. The Birth of Flight: NASM Collections The invention of the balloon struck the men and women of the late 18th century like a thunderbolt. Enormous…
Description of aerostatic machine experiments published by the Montgolfier brothers, 1783 (in French)Faujas-de-St.-Fond, cit. (Barthlemy), 1741-1819View Full Item in Linda Hall Library
Illustration of the first air trip in the presence of the Dauphin, 1784Delaunay, Nicolas (1739-1792), Faujas-de-St.-Fond, cit. (Barthélemy) (1741-1819)View Full Image in Science, Industry and Business Library: General Collection. The New York Public Library
Vol. 2 has title: Premiere suite de la Description des experiences aerostatiques.
Print ridiculing Joseph Montgolfier for boasting about bulding an aerial armyView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum
Montgolfier in the Clouds- Constructing of Air Balloons for the Grande Monarque, March 2 1794. Hand colored print of Joseph Montgolfier floating on a layer of clouds and blowing bubbles into the sky.…
Diagram of a large Montgolfier balloon, La Fleselle, that ascended at Lyon on January 19, 1784View Full Item in National Air and Space Museum
Uncolored engraving of a diagram of the large Montgolfier balloon, La Fleselle, that ascended at Lyon on January 19, 1784 with seven persons on board, including Joseph Montgolfier and Pilatre de Rozie…
Practical remarks on aerial navigation by Sir George Cayley, 1837Cayley, George Sir 1773-1857View Full Item in Smithsonian Libraries
Caption title. Detached from Mechanics m̕agazine, v. 26, no. 708.
Lithograph of an airship with a large platform suspended by four balloonsE. PetinView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum
Uncolored lithograph of an airship with a large platform suspended by four balloons. Image shows the airship aloft with a large number of people walking around the platform.
Thaddeus Lowe’s Balloon Ascent, 1862Brady & Co. (Washington, D.C.)View Full Item in Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Historic Images of the Smithsonian Note that this is a composite image, consisting of the May 31, 1862, stereo view photograph showing people on the ground and the basket of the balloon, with the ball…
The Aeronautical Society’s exhibition at The Crystal PalaceLa Vaulx, Henry de, 1870-1930View Full Image in Science, Industry and Business Library: General Collection. The New York Public Library
Collection Paul Tissandier.
Wood cut of captive balloon, made by French manufacturer Henri GiffardView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum
Aerial Voyages Over London, May 1, 1869-May 28, 1869. Wood cut of captive balloon, made by French manufacturer Henri Giffard. The balloon is in an enclosure, with a small crowd in attendance. The post…
Card with illustration of five boys around a grounded hot air balloonView Full Image in Boston Public Library
Title supplied by cataloger. Item verso is blank. Date supplied by cataloger.
Experiments in Aerodynamics by Samuel Pierpont Langley, 1891Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906View Full Text in New York Public Library
Otto Lilienthal in flight in his 1893 glider, probably taken at his testing siteUnknown; possibly Ottomar AnschntzView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum Archives
Otto Lilienthal in flight in his 1893 glider, probably taken at his testing site at Maihh̦e. National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560
A group of photographer Charles Steinmetz’s associates work on a flyship, 1894Steinmetz, Charles Proteus, 1865-1923View Full Image in Steinmetz Digital Collection of Schenectady
A group of Steinmetz's friends and associates work on their "first flyship." Steinmetz was interested in, among many other things, aeronautics.
Cover of Le Petit Parisien featuring an illustration of Otto Lillienthal’s “perilous experience,” Sept. 9, 1894La Vaulx, Henry de, 1870-1930View Full Image in Science, Industry and Business Library: General Collection. The New York Public Library
Drawing imagining future Nyack, New York that features a dirigible, 1895View Full Image in Nyack Library
Sometime before 1910, an artist created this view of a future Nyack, with elevated rail, subway and trolley service connecting the village to New York City. In the background soars a dirigible. Notes…
Photograph of Samuel Pierpont Langley, who pioneered work with “heavier than air” airplane models and glidersUnknownView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum Archives
Sitting portrait photo of Dr. Samuel Pierpont Langley, Third Secretary of the Smithsonian Instutition, with his head resting on his right arm that is propped up on the chair. National Air and Space Mu…
Unpiloted, tandem-wing experimental aircraft built and tested by Samuel Pierpont LangleyView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum
Unpiloted, tandem-wing experimental aircraft built and tested by Samuel P. Langley. One one-horsepower, one-cylinder steam engine turning two pusher propellers via geared transmission system. Silk cov…
Medal commemorating David Schwarz and his airship innovationsView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum
David Schwarz commemorative medal; Obverse: relief bust of David Schwarz depicted, embossed text "DAVID SCHWARZ", engraved text "INVENTOR", embossed dates "1849-1897"; Reverse: relief of an airship in…
Photograph of the Wright 1900 Glider being flown as a kite, 1900Orville or Wilbur WrightView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum Archives
One-quarter front left side view of Wright 1900 Glider being flown as a kite, 1900. National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560
Card fearing Brazilian aviatior Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Demoiselle monoplane he designedView Full Image in George Arents Collection. The New York Public Library
Medal commemorating the flight of the dirigible Severo D’Albuquerque on May 12, 1902View Full Item in National Air and Space Museum
Bronze commemorative medal of Servero D'Albuquerque; Obverse: relief of a dirigible flying over Parisian cityscape, embossed text "12MAI 1902"; Reverse: embossed text "A LA MEMOIRE DE SEVERO D'ALBUQUE…
Clement V-2 Engine used in 1903 to power the Santos-Dumont airship La Baladeuse.National Air MuseumView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum Archives
Front view of Clement V-2 Engine (A19080001000) on display in the Smithsonian Institution National Air Museum Aircraft Building in 1960. This French engine was used in 1903 to power the Santos-Dumont…
Unpiloted, tandem-wing experimental aircraft built and tested by Samuel P. Langley, powered by a five-cylinder radial internal combustion gasoline engineView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum
Unpiloted, tandem-wing experimental aircraft built and tested by Samuel P. Langley, powered by a five-cylinder radial internal combustion gasoline engine of about 3.2 horsepower, turning two pusher pr…
Basket of the Santos-Dumont Airship at the 1904 World’s FairView Full Item in Missouri History Museum
Ernest Archdeacon at the controls of his First Glider, France, 1904UnknownView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum Archives
Archdeacon's Soaring Machine, France 1905." One-half right front view, close up, of Ernest Archdeacon's First Glider on the ground, probably at Chalais-Meudon, France, 1904. Ernest Archdeacon is seen…
Book by Alberto Santos-Dumont entitled My Air-ships about his career in aviationSantos-Dumont, Alberto, 1873-1932View Full Text in Harvard University
Aeronautical exhibits at the Automobile and Aero Clubs of America Joint Show, including the Lilienthal 1894 Glider (left), New York City, January 1906Jessie Tarbox BealsView Full Item in National Air and Space Museum Archives
View of aeronautical exhibits at the Automobile and Aero Clubs of America Joint Show in the third-floor gymnasium of the 69th Regiment Armory, New York City, January 1906. The Lilienthal (Otto) 1894 G…
Photograph of the California Arrow airship, possibly taken at the St. Louis balloon races, 1907National Archives, General Services AdministrationView Full Image in Quincy Public Library
Later version of the California Arrow in 1907. Possibly taken at the St. Louis balloon races. The operator controlled ascent or descent of airship by moving backward or forward on frame and controlled…
Photograph of a blimp landed at the Fairgrounds, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1908Cone, Bernard M.View Full Image in University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Crowds gather around the blimp landed at the Greensboro fairgrounds next to the pavilion during the Greensboro centennial celebration. The tent for housing the blimp can be seen behind the airship.
J.C. Mars, pilot of the dirigible balloon, Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, Seattle, Washington, 1909Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950View Full Image in University of Washington
PH Coll 779.24
Citrus crate labels for Sunkist’s Airship brand, 1910View Full Item in California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections
From Sunkist, Venture, CA
Book cover for The Aerial Age: A Thousand Miles by Airship over the Atlantic Ocean by Walter Wellman, 1911Wellman, Walter (author)View Full Item in University of Minnesota Libraries
Book, 448 p. front.,  leaves of plates, illus. (incl. ports.), 21 cm.
Sheet music for “The Airship Parade: March and Two-Step” by John J. Fitzpatrick, 1910sFitzpatrick, John J. 1878-1960 cmp, Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) DSIView Full Item in Smithsonian Libraries
For piano. Respectfully dedicated to Mr. Frank M. Atkins"--P. 2. Illustrated t.p. features a biplane, a monoplane, and an airship in a cloudy sky. Verso of p. 5 contains publisher's advertisement (fir…
Political cartoon about Brazilian aviator Albert Santos-Dumont’s idea of using air travel for international trade, 1916U.S. Senate. Office of Senate Curator. ?-View Full Item in Center for Legislative Archives
This illustration entitled, "Why Not Apply the Santos Dumont Plan to the Transport Problem Until We Get Ships?", by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, which appeared in the Washington Evening Star on Janua…
Aircraft engine built by Union Gas Engine Company and first to pass the U.S. government 50-hour test, 1917View Full Item in National Air and Space Museum
Type: Reciprocating, In-line, 6 cylinders, water-cooled Power rating: 89.5 kW (120 hp) at 1,350 rpm Displacement: 11.3 L (691 cu. in.) Bore and Stroke: 121 mm (4.75 in) x 165 mm (6.5 in) Weight: 220 k…
Advertisement for a radio that crossed the ocean in a Graf ZeppelinGrigsby-Grunow CompanyView Full Image in Duke University Libraries
Guide to the autogiro, invented by Juan de la Cierva in the 1920sAutogiro Company of AmericaView Full Text in University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
This 1930 publication from the now defunct Pitcairn-Cierva Autogiro Company of America claims to be "the first complete authoritative presentation of the Autogiro; what it is, what it does, and how it…
Color map printed to commemorate the Graf Zeppelin’s Europe-Pan American Tour, May 18 to June 6, 1930, by the Zeppelin CompanyLuftschiffbau ZeppelinView Full Image in David Rumsey
Color map, extends from California, in the West, over to include Central Europe, in the east, with the focus being on the Atlantic Ocean. Printed in Germany to commemorate the Graf Zeppelin's Europe-P…
Photograph of the nose of the USS Akron, an airship which was destroyed in an accident in 1933, being attachedU.S. Congress. Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible Disasters. 1933-6/14/1933View Full Item in Center for Legislative Archives
Original caption: Nose section being attached to USS Akron.
Poster advertising the speed of travel by airship, circa 1935Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939View Full Item in National Air and Space Museum
Airship (either Zeppelin LZ 127 "Graf Zeppelin" or Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg) flies over small, rocky island; blue, orange and yellow ink on paper. Fly Now: The National Air and Space Museum Poster C…
Photograph of the Hindenburg over Lakehurst, New Jersey, 1936View Full Item in Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Photograph of the Hindenburg airship in the air during its transatlantic flight to Lakehurst, New Jersey. 1 photograph : b 8 x 10 in.
Political cartoon using the dirigible as a symbol in illustrate political commentary, 1936Fitzpatrick, Daniel Robert, 1891-1969View Full Item in The State Historical Society of Missouri
Republican elephant dirigible (balloon) floats through the air.
Photograph of the Hindenburg zeppelin as it crashes and burns, Lakehurst, New Jersey, 1937Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967View Full Image in Boston Public Library
Title from information provided by Leslie Jones or the Boston Public Library on the negative or negative sleeve. Date supplied by cataloger.
Instructions for ground crew and balloon inflation for the Dr. Jean Piccard balloon ascension in 1937View Full Item in Olmsted County Historical Society
Instructions for groups and individuals assisting with ground crew and balloon inflation for the Dr. Jean Piccard balloon ascension in 1937 are described I this four page document. Details of balloon…