Thursday, August 19, 2010

Duke of Saxe-Altenburg takes flight

August 19, 1908

The Duke of Saxe-Altenburg "was the the helm of the Parseval airship this evening during half an hour of the most intricate manoeuvring." He also flew for a short trip against the wind and "attained a speed of more than 29 miles an hour," reports the New York Times.

After landing, the Duke "expressed astonishment at the wonderful ease which the craft was steered and the balloon's rapid response to the movements of the rudder." He is the present of the Eero Club, and is interested in flying.

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