"(1910) - Photograph of dirigible race in the Dominguez Air Meet, Dominguez Field, Los Angeles, 1910. Two football-shaped zeppelins race across the skies, flying at low altitude. Each of them has single pilots. The pilots stand on a skeletal structure consisting of metal bars that is attached to the balloon with wires. Spectators (or judges) stand below on the plain field watching the zeppelins race. Further in the sky is a hot-air balloon with the phrase “all in the Examiner.”” (via)
“The Call’s" Exclusive Account of the Greatest Invention of the Age Is Now Corroborated by Thousands.
For several days there have been persistent reports that a huge airship has been seen in the vicinity of Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco. The Call has contained daily and exclusive accounts of the appearance, and now there is an avalanche of testimony to the effect that many persons of truthful reputations have seen something like a huge seraph in the air, spreading its electric pinions and soaring faster than a giant condor of the Andes…”
The Steam Aerial Navigation Company, circa 1850 (via)
Dr Martin Braun’s Electro-Dynamic Air Ship
Patent number: 356743
Issue date: Feb 1, 1887
"Be it known that I, MARTIN BRAUN, of Cape Vincent, in the county of Jefferson and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Aerial Ships.."
Drawing from SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, April 16th, 1887.
Patent number: 352298
Issue date: Nov 9, 1886
"Be it known that I, MOSES S. COLE, a citizen of the United States, residing in the city of Rivas, Republic of Nicaragua, Central America, have invented new and useful Improvements in Aerial Vessels.."