Giffard, Henri

Giffard, Henri

 

Born Feb. 8, 1825, in Paris; died there Apr. 14, 1882. French inventor.

Giffard built a dirigible (capacity, 2,500 cu m), in which he made his first flight on Sept. 24, 1852 (the dirigible was filled with illuminating gas). In 1878, Giffard built a captive spherical balloon with a capacity of 25,000 cu m with a gondola accommodating 40 passengers; it was used to take aloft visitors at the International Exhibition in Paris. Giffard invented the automatic injection pump for steam boilers that bears his name.

REFERENCE

Frank, M. L. Istoriia vozdukhoplavaniia i ego sovremennoe sostoianie, parts 1–2. St. Petersburg, 1910–11. (Vozdukhoplavanie, vol. 1.)
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