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Uncolored etching of "The Flying Ship" proposed by the Jesuit Bartolomeu de Gusm?o (1685-1724). On August 8, 1709, Gusm?o is said to have flown a small balloon before the court in the Casa da India in Lisbon. The image in question may be a representation of a heavier-than-air machine proposed by Gusm?o, or more likely, a representation of a proposed large balloon drawn by someone unfamiliar with the actual appearance of Gusm?o's design. The craft is shown aloft with clouds and sun in the background. It features a bird-like shape and decorations. The operator sits in the open body of the bird with a telescope and globes. Oars are provided for propulsion. Parts are marked with letters A-I, but no key is present.
Fanciful Flying Ship
This is a fanciful flying ship proposed by the Brazilian Jesuit Bartolomeu de Gusmão (1685–1724). Gusmão is said to have flown a small balloon before the Portuguese court in Lisbon’s Casa da India on August 8, 1709. Etching from a publication, English, 18th century
This object is on display in the Hangar Overlook at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.