logo

Video encyclopedia

24/09/1852 Henri Giffard flies his dirigible

1:55

Giffard's Steam Dirigible - Steam Culture

3:21

Henri Giffard, the Inventor

2:51

giffard 2015

It was a first powered and steerable airship in history. The name is from French word “dirigeable” ("directable"). Main body of the airship was forty-five meter long, spindle-shaped, semi-rigid balloon. It was powered by a small steam engine of Gifford’s own design. Giffard flew the airship from the hippodrome at Place de l'Etoile to Élancourt, covering the 27 kilometers in three hours.
    Explore contextually related video stories in a new eye-catching way. Try Combster now!
    • Essentials 

    • Giffard dirigible