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"Aerostat: A Journey through the Skies" Step into the world of aerostats and embark on a captivating journey through history and innovation

Background imageAerostat Collection: R101 at Cardington EPW029993

R101 at Cardington EPW029993
R101 at Cardington, Bedfordshire, 1929. Built 1926-30 at the Royal Airship Works at Cardington, the final test flight was 1st October 1930

Background imageAerostat Collection: Central aircraft station at Notre-Dame (Paris), illustration from Le XXeme siecle

Central aircraft station at Notre-Dame (Paris), illustration from Le XXeme siecle
CHT164155 Central aircraft station at Notre-Dame (Paris), illustration from Le XXeme siecle, La Vie Electrique, c. 1890 (colour engraving) by Robida

Background imageAerostat Collection: Balloon over Stonehenge N060085

Balloon over Stonehenge N060085
STONEHENGE. Wiltshire. Detail of the stones with a hot air balloon. This balloon flight over Stonehenge commemorated one hundred years of aerial photography, 1906-2006

Background imageAerostat Collection: Graf Zeppelin EPW038817

Graf Zeppelin EPW038817
The Graf Zeppelin moored at Hanworth Aerodrome, London Air Park in July 1932. This was her third and final visit to the UK after a flight over London in 1930

Background imageAerostat Collection: Ballooning CVS01_01_042

Ballooning CVS01_01_042
Tales of balloon flight. Hand-coloured engraving of two men in a balloon flying over London. This engraving is by William Lionel Wyllie

Background imageAerostat Collection: Lodge Hill Battery N060478

Lodge Hill Battery N060478
LODGE HILL BATTERY, Chatham, Kent. Reconstruction drawing of the First World War a battery firing at German zeppelin, by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team)

Background imageAerostat Collection: Ballooning CVS01_01_038

Ballooning CVS01_01_038
Tales of balloon flight. Hand-coloured engraving showing French balloonist Jules Duroufs gas balloon Le Neptune exploding during a tethered flight in 1860. Durouf survived the accident

Background imageAerostat Collection: The General Alarm of the Inhabitants of Gonesse Caused by the Descent of a Balloon

The General Alarm of the Inhabitants of Gonesse Caused by the Descent of a Balloon
CHT179396 The General Alarm of the Inhabitants of Gonesse Caused by the Descent of a Balloon, 27th August, 1783 (coloured engraving) by French School, (18th century); Musee de la Ville de Paris

Background imageAerostat Collection: Experiment made at Annonay on 5 June 1783 by the Montgolfier Brothers - in '

Experiment made at Annonay on 5 June 1783 by the Montgolfier Brothers - in "
XEE4114320 Experiment made at Annonay on 5 June 1783 by the Montgolfier Brothers - in " Les Contemporains", n.d. late 19th century

Background imageAerostat Collection: The Soviet Union has begun to build dirigibles. Illustration from USSR Builds Socialism, 1933

The Soviet Union has begun to build dirigibles. Illustration from USSR Builds Socialism, 1933. Found in the Collection of Russian State Library, Moscow

Background imageAerostat Collection: A drama in the air, 1900 (engraving)

A drama in the air, 1900 (engraving)
FGL5460618 A drama in the air, 1900 (engraving); (add.info.: Illustration from "Doctor Ox" by Jules Verne, Milan 1900. Short story: A drama in the air. Engraving); Fototeca Gilardi

Background imageAerostat Collection: Portrait of Joseph de Montgolfier (1740-1810) French industrial and inventor

Portrait of Joseph de Montgolfier (1740-1810) French industrial and inventor
XEE5030597 Portrait of Joseph de Montgolfier (1740-1810) French industrial and inventor; (add.info.: Portrait of Joseph de Montgolfier (1740-1810) French industrial and inventor); Stefano Bianchetti

Background imageAerostat Collection: Portrait of Joseph de Montgolfier (1740-1810) French industrial and inventor

Portrait of Joseph de Montgolfier (1740-1810) French industrial and inventor
XEE5030590 Portrait of Joseph de Montgolfier (1740-1810) French industrial and inventor; (add.info.: Portrait of Joseph de Montgolfier (1740-1810) French industrial and inventor); Stefano Bianchetti

Background imageAerostat Collection: Ascent of the balloon of Paul Jovis (died 1891) and Maurice Mallet (1821-1926)

Ascent of the balloon of Paul Jovis (died 1891) and Maurice Mallet (1821-1926) from the gas factory in La Villette
NWI4953937 Ascent of the balloon of Paul Jovis (died 1891) and Maurice Mallet (1821-1926) from the gas factory in La Villette, Paris (France), around 1880

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War

France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War
LUX4803674 France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War, an observation balloon guard by a soldier

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War

France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War
LUX4803618 France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War, an observation balloon guard by a soldier

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War

France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War, an observation balloon in swelling phase
LUX4803606 France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War, an observation balloon in swelling phase, close-up with 4 soldiers

Background imageAerostat Collection: Saint-Cloud, Hauts de Seine (92): Santos-Dumont welcomed by notables

Saint-Cloud, Hauts de Seine (92): Santos-Dumont welcomed by notables and military personnel descends from the basket of
LUX4728547 Saint-Cloud, Hauts de Seine (92): Santos-Dumont welcomed by notables and military personnel descends from the basket of his balloon, 1899; (add.info.: Saint-Cloud)

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-Seine (92), Neuilly: Fancy postcard made from stamps cut

France, Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-Seine (92), Neuilly: Fancy postcard made from stamps cut
LUX4727137 France, Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-Seine (92), Neuilly: Fancy postcard made from stamps cut and depicting the airship city of Paris, 1908; (add.info.: France, Ile-de-France)

Background imageAerostat Collection: Hungary: Fancy postcard showing a postcard distributing mail on an airship balloon, 1900

Hungary: Fancy postcard showing a postcard distributing mail on an airship balloon, 1900
LUX4726328 Hungary: Fancy postcard showing a postcard distributing mail on an airship balloon, 1900; (add.info.: Hungary: Fancy postcard showing a postcard distributing mail on an airship balloon)

Background imageAerostat Collection: Letter A: aerostat; anchor; aqueduct; tree; eagle; watering can; ostrich; donkey; aloe; alligator

Letter A: aerostat; anchor; aqueduct; tree; eagle; watering can; ostrich; donkey; aloe; alligator
DUV4199500 Letter A: aerostat; anchor; aqueduct; tree; eagle; watering can; ostrich; donkey; aloe; alligator. Alphabet (Abecedaire)

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Pays de la Loire, Vendee (85), Les Sables-d'Olonnes: the channel with a boat returning to

France, Pays de la Loire, Vendee (85), Les Sables-d'Olonnes: the channel with a boat returning to the port
LUX4785542 France, Pays de la Loire, Vendee (85), Les Sables-d'Olonnes: the channel with a boat returning to the port and above it, passes an airship, 1918 - airship: AT4; (add.info.: France)

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): World exhibition, balloon trip, air photography

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): World exhibition, balloon trip, air photography, aircraft photographer
LUX4770838 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): World exhibition, balloon trip, air photography, aircraft photographer, view of Paris: view of an airship in the Paris sky, 1899; (add.info.: France)

Background imageAerostat Collection: Balloon ride before 1900, photograph made in studio in front of painted sky decoration (photo)

Balloon ride before 1900, photograph made in studio in front of painted sky decoration (photo)
PCT4256624 Balloon ride before 1900, photograph made in studio in front of painted sky decoration (photo); 12 x 18 cm; (add.info)

Background imageAerostat Collection: Paris, France: the Petite Belt railway at the beginning of the 20th century, beg 1900 (postcard)

Paris, France: the Petite Belt railway at the beginning of the 20th century, beg 1900 (postcard)
PCT4298191 Paris, France: the Petite Belt railway at the beginning of the 20th century, beg 1900 (postcard); (add.info.: train pulls by a steam locomotive leaving the station of Meniltant)

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): captive balloon of the 1900 World Exhibition

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): captive balloon of the 1900 World Exhibition
LUX4746898 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): captive balloon of the 1900 World Exhibition; (add.info.: France, Ile-de-France)

Background imageAerostat Collection: First World War: France, Patriotic map showing a woman mocking a Zeppelin over Paris, 1915

First World War: France, Patriotic map showing a woman mocking a Zeppelin over Paris, 1915, titled map
LUX4741807 First World War: France, Patriotic map showing a woman mocking a Zeppelin over Paris, 1915, titled map, Vas donc eh ballot; (add.info)

Background imageAerostat Collection: The Battle of Fleurus on 26 June 1794 between the French Republic and Prussia

The Battle of Fleurus on 26 June 1794 between the French Republic and Prussia
DUV4205342 The Battle of Fleurus on 26 June 1794 between the French Republic and Prussia: General Jean-Baptiste Jourdan (Jean Baptiste Jourdan)

Background imageAerostat Collection: Saint-Cloud, Hauts de Seine (92): Close-up of the Santos-Dumont balloon engine with gas tank

Saint-Cloud, Hauts de Seine (92): Close-up of the Santos-Dumont balloon engine with gas tank and radiator, 1899
LUX4728574 Saint-Cloud, Hauts de Seine (92): Close-up of the Santos-Dumont balloon engine with gas tank and radiator, 1899; (add.info.: Saint-Cloud)

Background imageAerostat Collection: A drama in the air, 1900 (engraving)

A drama in the air, 1900 (engraving)
FGL5460602 A drama in the air, 1900 (engraving); (add.info.: Illustration from "Doctor Ox" by Jules Verne, Milan 1900. This illustration refers to the short story A drama in the air)

Background imageAerostat Collection: Histoire de l'aviation. Gravure satirique de Thomas Tegg representant l'excitation et la panique

Histoire de l'aviation. Gravure satirique de Thomas Tegg representant l'excitation et la panique provoquee par
FGL5460588 Histoire de l'aviation. Gravure satirique de Thomas Tegg representant l'excitation et la panique provoquee par la premiere ascension en montgolfiere effectuee par Mr

Background imageAerostat Collection: Jules VERNE, ... I came face to face with a traveler (engraving)

Jules VERNE, ... I came face to face with a traveler (engraving)
6202927 Jules VERNE, ... I came face to face with a traveler (engraving); (add.info.: Jules VERNE (February 8, 1828-March 24, 1905) "

Background imageAerostat Collection: Jules VERNE, Stayed seven or eight hours in observation (engraving)

Jules VERNE, Stayed seven or eight hours in observation (engraving)
6202925 Jules VERNE, Stayed seven or eight hours in observation (engraving); (add.info.: Jules VERNE (February 8, 1828-March 24, 1905) "Stayed seven or eight hours in observation"

Background imageAerostat Collection: Anticipation: Air battles of the future as imagined in 1909, using modern air transport vehicles

Anticipation: Air battles of the future as imagined in 1909, using modern air transport vehicles and defensive weaponry
NWI4952842 Anticipation: Air battles of the future as imagined in 1909, using modern air transport vehicles and defensive weaponry: airship, biplane, anti-aircraft fire and bomb

Background imageAerostat Collection: The crowd watching the rise of a hot air balloon in Philadelphia in the 1850s

The crowd watching the rise of a hot air balloon in Philadelphia in the 1850s
NWI4952726 The crowd watching the rise of a hot air balloon in Philadelphia in the 1850s. Colour engraving after a 19th century illustration.; (add.info)

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): the airship balloon number 9 by Alberto Santos Dumont

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): the airship balloon number 9 by Alberto Santos Dumont (Santos-Dumont)
LUX4770964 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): the airship balloon number 9 by Alberto Santos Dumont (Santos-Dumont), surrounds spectators during its decollage, 1903; (add.info.: France)

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): the airship balloon number 9 by Alberto Santos Dumont

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): the airship balloon number 9 by Alberto Santos Dumont (Santos-Dumont)
LUX4770956 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): the airship balloon number 9 by Alberto Santos Dumont (Santos-Dumont), surrounds spectators during its decollage, 1903; (add.info.: France)

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): launch of a Nadar type ball

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): launch of a Nadar type ball, animated view with many curious in top hat
LUX4774073 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): launch of a Nadar type ball, animated view with many curious in top hat and a crinoline dress, 1870 - NADAR balloon; (add.info.: France, Ile-de-France)

Background imageAerostat Collection: Zeppelin 'Graf Zeppelin ', D-LZ127, 1930s (b/w photo)

Zeppelin "Graf Zeppelin ", D-LZ127, 1930s (b/w photo)
UTD4920865 Zeppelin "Graf Zeppelin ", D-LZ127, 1930s (b/w photo); United Archives/HistAuge

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War

France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War
LUX4803608 France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War, an observation balloon in swelling phase held by soldiers, close-up

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War

France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War
LUX4803657 France, Champagne-Ardennes, Marne (51), Trigny: August 1917, First World War, an observation balloon in swelling phase held by soldiers, close-up

Background imageAerostat Collection: Copy of the front cover of La Science Illustree. A French weekly journal translated to Science

Copy of the front cover of La Science Illustree. A French weekly journal translated to Science Illustrated was created
UIG5416558 Copy of the front cover of La Science Illustree. A French weekly journal translated to Science Illustrated was created in 1875. Dated 1893 © UIG/Leemage

Background imageAerostat Collection: Ascent in a hydrogen gas balloon of aeronauts brothers Robert, made in Paris

Ascent in a hydrogen gas balloon of aeronauts brothers Robert, made in Paris, in the Tuileries garden
AIS5334443 Ascent in a hydrogen gas balloon of aeronauts brothers Robert, made in Paris, in the Tuileries garden, 19/09/1784 (engraving); (add.info)

Background imageAerostat Collection: List of balloons released from Paris during the siege of 1870-1871

List of balloons released from Paris during the siege of 1870-1871
LSE4110400 List of balloons released from Paris during the siege of 1870-1871; Musee de la Poste, Paris, France; (add.info)

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): During an exhibition, launch of a ball at a party, 1860

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): During an exhibition, launch of a ball at a party, 1860
LUX4817533 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): During an exhibition, launch of a ball at a party, 1860; (add.info.: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): During an exhibition

Background imageAerostat Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Fete de Saint Cloud under the Second Empire, climb of a ball

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Fete de Saint Cloud under the Second Empire, climb of a ball, 1865
LUX4817619 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Fete de Saint Cloud under the Second Empire, climb of a ball, 1865; (add.info.: France, Ile-de-France)

Background imageAerostat Collection: The Airship Balloon 'Astra Clement-Bayard' by Adolphe Clement Bayard (1855-1928), 1908

The Airship Balloon "Astra Clement-Bayard" by Adolphe Clement Bayard (1855-1928), 1908
LUX4746079 The Airship Balloon "Astra Clement-Bayard" by Adolphe Clement Bayard (1855-1928), 1908 -; (add.info)

Background imageAerostat Collection: 'Under the machine gun' - Images of the Great War, before 1920 (lithograph)

"Under the machine gun" - Images of the Great War, before 1920 (lithograph)
DUV4222654 "Under the machine gun" - Images of the Great War, before 1920 (lithograph; 38.5x27.5 cm; (add.info.: As the spotlights cross the horizon)



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"Aerostat: A Journey through the Skies" Step into the world of aerostats and embark on a captivating journey through history and innovation. From the majestic R101 at Cardington EPW029993 to the enchanting Balloon over Stonehenge N060085, these floating wonders have always fascinated mankind. The Graf Zeppelin EPW038817 stands as a testament to human ingenuity, showcasing the remarkable achievements in air travel. Meanwhile, Ballooning CVS01_01_042 takes us soaring above Lodge Hill Battery N060478, offering breathtaking views from high above. Let's not forget the pioneers who paved the way for these magnificent creations. The Montgolfier Brothers' groundbreaking experiment made at Annonay on 5 June 1783 forever changed our perception of flight. And in Ernest Petin's masterpiece painting "Ascent of a hot air balloon in Aranjuez", we witness the sheer thrill and wonder of ballooning. Intriguing personalities like Jean Pierre Blanchard and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier (1745-1799) come alive through vivid portraits and engravings. Their unwavering passion for exploration propelled humanity forward into new frontiers. Even during tumultuous times, such as when The Soviet Union began building dirigibles illustrated in USSR Builds Socialism (1933), innovation continued to soar against all odds. Aerostats have captured our imagination throughout history, blending science with artistry to create an awe-inspiring spectacle that defies gravity itself. So let your spirit take flight as you delve into this captivating world where dreams meet reality among billowing clouds and endless horizons.