The Airship 'Dupuy de Lome', 1872.
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Model (scale 1:50). During the Franco-Prusian War of 1870, the French Government commisioned a marine engineer called Dupuy de Lome to build a dirigible. The airship made its only flight on 2nd February, 1872. The Dupuy de Lome was 'man-powered' in that it had a large four-bladed propeller which was driven by gearing and hand-cranks operated by eight men harnesed to it.