Airship Project from 1670

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Airship Project from 1670
1670 balloon.

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This airship was imagined in 1670 by an Italian Jesuit named Francesco Lana de Terzi (1631–1687). It was never seen flying, in fact it was never seen at all, as it was never built.

The four spheres were supposed to be made of thin copper foils, in which a vacuum would have been created, making them lighter than air. In theory, they would have then be able to lift the ship and its passengers. In practice, the spheres would have been crushed by atmospheric pressure.

The caption reads in the original French: Ballon de 1670.

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