'Accident to the Nasau Balloon in the London Road, on Wednesday', c 1840s.

 
'Accident to the Nasau Balloon in the London Road, on Wednesday', c 1840s.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Description

Engraving from 'The Illustrated London News' depicting Green's 'Royal Nasau' balloon descending. Charles Green (1785-1870) was one of the greatest English aeronauts. He made his most famous flight, from London to Nasau in Germany, in this balloon 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 480 miles (770 km) 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 flights in the 'Nasau', finally retiring in 1852 after his 500th ascent.

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