The Tissandier 'La France' airship, 1883.

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1883 in France

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Model of the Tissandier Airship, 1883 scale 1:50. Model (scale 1:50). Designed by the brothers Albert and Gaston
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Model of the Tissandier Airship, 1883 scale 1:50. Model (scale 1:50). Designed by the brothers Albert and Gaston
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model of the Tissandier Airship, 1883 scale 1:50. Model (scale 1:50). Designed by the brothers Albert and Gaston
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model of the Tissandier Airship, 1883 scale 1:50. Model (scale 1:50). Designed by the brothers Albert and Gaston
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model of the Tissandier Airship, 1883 scale 1:50. Model (scale 1:50). Designed by the brothers Albert and Gaston
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model of the Tissandier Airship, 1883 scale 1:50. Model (scale 1:50). Designed by the brothers Albert and Gaston
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model of the Tissandier Airship, 1883 scale 1:50. Model (scale 1:50). Designed by the brothers Albert and Gaston
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model of the Tissandier Airship, 1883 scale 1:50

Model (scale 1:50). Designed by the brothers Albert and Gaston Tissandier of France, La France was the first airship to be powered by electricity. The current was supplied by 24 bichromate of potash cells to a Siemens 1 1/2 hp engine. In 1884 La France proved capable of steady flight and of returning to its point of ascent. However it was apparent that owing to the heavy weight of the batteries, electric power did not provide a solution to the longstanding problem of airship propulsion.

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