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


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


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


Print, Etching on Paper, Uncolored


  • 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


ART-Prints, Original

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