'Newest invention - an air balloon being piloted by Adler', 1801.

'Newest invention - an air balloon being piloted by Adler', 1801.
3 8 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 30cm

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'Neueste Erfindung Einen Luftballon Durch Alder Zu Regieren, 1801'. Air balloon being piloted by Adler and steered by two harnessed birds. The use of birds to steer wind-blown balloons was considered realistic by a number of pioneering ballon designers in the years following the invention of the air balloon. The idea of 'bird traction' can, however, be traced back to antiquity.

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