Lebaudy, ‘Le Jaune’, 1902


Historic Airships 1852-1931

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The first practical airship designed by Henri Julliot and built by Lebaudy Freres, sugar refiners, at Moisson near Mantes in France. Of 2,265 cubic metres (80,000 cubic feet) capacity, this semi-rigid airship first flew on 13 November 1902. Maximum speed was 11.2 metres per second (25 mph) on the power of a 40 hp Daimler petrol engine. LE JAUNE later undertook many notable flights, being finally sold to the French Army and, in improved form, remaining in service until 1909.

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Weight 0.0115 kg
Dimensions 34 × 24.1 cm