Ballooning, Blimps & the Great Airships
Wednesday, May 3rd
7:30 PM EST (DOORS OPEN AT 6:30)
$10 per Person: non-members
Free: Museum members with registration
This lecture and visual presentation covers three types of aircraft used in man’s early effort to maintain flight. We begin with the 1783 French balloonists and continue on with the Civil War ballooning program. The history of blimps and rigid airships, here in America, begins in the early 1900s. Our presentation addresses the early Army and Navy blimps of WWII, plus the 1920s classic Gordon Bennet Balloon races and the WJR Radio balloon of that era. The rigid airships, the crews at work and the interiors of these giant 850 foot dirigibles.
Speaker: Al and Dave Eicher