Balloons and Airships

July 1, 1976 – 1990

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Balloons and Airships, Gallery 206, 2nd Floor, West Wing Floor Plan

This gallery highlights the history of lighter-than-air flight.

Highlights include:

  • Objects and prints that testify to the early preoccupation with achievements of flight through balloons for fun and adventure
  • The military uses for balloons in the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871
  • Montgolfier Balloon: a working model is demonstrated
  • Zeppelin: the magnificent airship of Count von Zeppelin
  • Hindenburg: a model of the original and a full-scale reproduction of the Hindenburg's gondola