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French Aerostatic Corps.

Postby Josh&Historyland » January 18th, 2017, 4:21 pm

A rather fanciful Verne esq thought occurred to me as I read about the early balloonists and experiments. Of an airship capable of mounting artillery, & of areal line of battle fleets exchanging broadsides.

Anyway, feet back on the ground, I was wondering about reading material for this curious corps.

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Re: French Aerostatic Corps.

Postby DaveH » January 18th, 2017, 5:43 pm

Too heavy and the things were dangerous enough without ignition flames and powder anywhere near them - they used hydrogen and we all know what happened to the Hindenburg.

I wrote an article in Age of Napoleon mag No.22 (1997) about all this, which was nicely illustrated too. Unfortunately, I cleared out all my old copies some years ago, so I don't have it. The surviving balloon is now in the HGM in Vienna, having been captured deflated at Wurzburg in September 1796. There is a painting in one of the ceiling corners at the HGM of Charles and his staff examining it, a copy of which is also to the right of the balloon.

There is more here ... ;id=102401 and something available on ebay for a few quid ... 3f60734f91
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