The New Aerial Steam Ship


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Print, Relief on Paper, Uncolored


  • Mat: 23.2 × 27.3cm (9 1/8 × 10 3/4 in.)
  • Unmatted: 15.2 × 20.6cm (6 in. × 8 1/8 in.)

Physical Description

Uncolored relief print from a newspaper of a steam-powered balloon aircraft. The aircraft looks like a small steamship with four balloons attached, and paddles on the sides for forward momentum. Label inside mat says, 'Early Attempt to Overcome the Difficulty of Directing Balloons Made in 1794.'


ART-Prints, Original

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