Fig. A. The Flying Ship. p. 297.

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Display Status:

This object is on display in the Hangar Overlook at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Fig. A. The Flying Ship. p. 297.

Inventory Number

A20140548000

Physical Description

Uncolored etching of "The Flying Ship" proposed by the Jesuit Bartolomeu de Gusmão (1685-1724). On August 8, 1709, Gusmão is said to have flown a small balloon before the court in the Casa da Índia in Lisbon. The image in question may be a representation of a heavier-than-air machine proposed by Gusmão, or more likely, a representation of a proposed large balloon drawn by someone unfamiliar with the actual appearance of Gusmão'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.

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust

Medium

Print, Etching on Paper, Uncolored

Dimensions

  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W): 10.8 × 12.7cm (4 1/4 in. × 5 in.)
  • 2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 25.4cm × 31.7cm × 3.8cm (10 × 12 1/2 × 1 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Type

ART-Prints, Original

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