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An exact representation of the first aerial ship the Eagle

 Digital Record
Identifier: VBI_000082


  • Creation: 1835 July 1


Conditions Governing Use

Access to the Theodore Newton Vail Collection of Aeronautical Images, Broadsides and Clippings is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection.

Biographical / Historical

Comte de Lennox, a French colonel of infantry, designed and built “The Eagle,” a dirigible which could be rowed with oars and steered with rudders. Though highly publicized and exhibited at both Kensington and Vauxhall gardens, “The Eagle” never made an ascent.

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Originals

Box 4

Physical Description

Art on Paper


23.5 x 30.0 cm

General Note

Representation of Comte de Lennox’s dirigible “The Eagle.” The components are labeled and text below explains the projected flight time and travel distance of the craft.

Source of Biographical/Historical note

Hodgson, J.E., History of Aeronautics in Great Britain (Oxford University Press, London, 1924), 304-308.

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

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