French airship by Baptiste Henri Jacques Giffard. Early Aviator.

Airship by Baptiste H. J.Giffard

French airship by Baptiste Henri Jacques Giffard. Early Aviator.

Airship by Baptiste H. J.Giffard

Airships of the French engineer and aviation pioneer Baptiste Henri Jacques Giffard.

Baptiste Henri Jacques Giffard 1825-1882 was a French engineer and aviation pioneer who has made an outstanding contribution by the use of steam power as a drive for the aviation industry. He built along with two young engineers, a cigar-shaped airship with a length of 44 meters and a diameter of 12 meters, which took 2500 cubic meters of gas. Driven was the airship by a 45-kg, 3-hp steam engine. The ship lifted on 24 September 1852 for the first time from. The 27.5 km long flight from Paris to Trappes at a speed of eight kilometers per hour is the first manned motorized flight in history.