'Ascent of the Nasau Balloon', 1844-1852.
3 6 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm

'Ascent of the Nasau Balloon', 1844-1852.

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Printed woodcut from the 'Illustrated London News' depicting the ascent of Green's 'Nasau' balloon. Charles Green (1785-1870) was one of the greatest English aeronauts. He made his most famous ascent in this balloon from London to Nasau in Germany on 7 November 1836. It was on this voyage, along with pasengers Robert Holland MP and Thomas Monck Mason, that Green succesfully completed the world's longest flight, covering an estimated 770 km (480 miles) in 18 hours. After achieving this feat, Green had an endles supply of patrons eager to make an ascent in the famous balloon. Despite his age, he continued to make frequent ascents in the 'Nasau', finally retiring in 1852 after his 500th ascent.

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