Gondola of the Lebaudy Airship

ID: SIA2011-0956 or A16034


Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1905

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 54, Folder: 9E

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Three men are in a gondola of a semi-rigid Lebaudy airship and beside it on the ground are two men. The first experimental Lebaudy airship was built in 1902. Paul and Pierre Lebaudy were the owners of a sugar refinery who, with the assistance of their engineer Henri Julliot as designer, built semi-rigid airships which saw service with the French army, the Russian army and the Austrian army.


Lebaudy Air Ship


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • For additional views of the Lebaudy Airship see SIA2011-0955 and SIA2011-0957.
  • See "Lighter-Than-Air: An Illustrated History of Balloons and Airships" a publication on airships by an aernautical historian at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum Tom D.Crouch.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 54, Folder: 9E

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


c. 1905

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  • Balloons (Aircraft)
  • Hot air balloons
  • Airships
  • Flight
  • Aeronautics
  • Crowds
  • Balloons


  • Photographic print
  • Object

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SIA2011-0956 or A16034

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Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 10w x 8 1/8h ; Type of Image: Object ; Medium: Photographic Print

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