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Joseph-Michel and Jaques-Etienne Montgolfier of France are widely held to have flown the first balloon capable of useful lift.
The French inventor of the first dirigible using a steam injection engine.
An American inventor who created the “Aereon” dirigible that succeeded in sustainable controlled flight simply by using air movements passing over the airship as it raised or lowered.
A Brazillian airship pioneer who built and flew many airships in Paris and demonstrated their legitimacy.
Inventor of his own namesake, the zeppelin rigid airship.
He worked with Count von Zeppelin from the beginning and designed every airship built by the Zeppelin Company.
He is the most successful airship commander in history. He ran the Zeppelin Company and circumnavigated the globe in the Graf Zeppelin among many other feats.
Senior German Airship Captain and member of the Zeppelin Company.
A British journalist who was the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air on the Graf Zeppelin.
A highly experienced American Airship Commander and strong proponent of rigid airships.