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The Illustrated London News, M. Godard's Montgolfier Balloon

 Digital Record
Identifier: VBI_000289


  • Creation: 1864 July 30

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

Eugéne Godard was the father of Jules and Louis Godard who built Nadar's 'Géant' balloon. Godard's 'L'aigle' was a hot-air (Montgolfier) balloon more than twice the size of the 'Geant', with a 500,000 cubic feet capacity. Godard made two ascents from the Cremorne Gardens in this balloon, one which descended at Greenwich and the other at Walthamstow.

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Originals

Box 13

Physical Description



25.1 x 25.2 cm(at longest/widest)

General Note

Article from the Illustrated London News with accompanying illustration of Mr. Godard’s balloon "L'Aigle" (The Eagle) rising over a crowd assembled at Cremorne Gardens in 1864. The article describes the event and gives technical specifications of the balloon.

Repository Details

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