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An Air Balloon invented in the last Century.
This object is on display in the Hangar Overlook at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
March 1, 1789
Uncolored etching of the aircraft suggested by Franceso Lana de Terzi (1631-1687), in Prodromo (1670). The four metal globes are evacuated so as to make the craft buoyant. The craft was never constructed and was beyond the technology of the period. The image is clipped from a 1789 edition of The European Magazine.
'Published by J. Sewell, Cornhill, 1st March 1789.'