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Aerostation Pneumatics Plate II

 Digital Record
Identifier: VBI_000247


  • Creation: 1803 October 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

A similar illustration was originally published in Cavallo's "History of Aerostation" in 1785.

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Originals

Box 10

Related Materials


Physical Description

Art on Paper


30.0 x 44.2 cm

Sources used for Biographical/Historical note

Hodgson, J.E., History of Aeronautics in Great Britain (Oxford University Press, London, 1924), 96-97.

General Note

Print representing the technical aspects of two types of balloon inflation, shown side by side: gas (on the left) and hot-air (on the right). Above are pictured two balloons filled via the methods below; two aeronauts are in the balloon on the left and one is in the one on the right, perhaps representing the earliest aeronauts.

Repository Details

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