Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New British Dirigible

The British military dirigible airship, called "Dirigible No. 1," made an ascent from Farnborough today, with Colonels Capper and Cody on board, and manoeuvred in circles, making a journey of 25 miles. The new airship behaved excellently, especially in view of the strong wind which prevailed. The trial was most successful, the airship manoeuvring for 16 minutes, in spite of the wind.

Eastern Province Herald - August 17, 1908.
Amazing how we laugh at these pioneering efforts. Next time you're comfortably seated in a modern jet airliner soaring across the continents at 30,000 feet, spare a though for these brave aviators. It took guts to fly in those days.

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