Lebaudy Frères - Airships Designed By Henri Julliot For Lebaudy Frères

Airships Designed By Henri Julliot For Lebaudy Frères

(The following table is from "D'Orcy's Airship Manual", New York, 1917)
Lebaudy Frères, Moisson près Mantes (Seine-et-Oise). Builders of pressure airships of the keel-girder type to the designs of M. Henri Juillot (sic). Keel-girder of steel-tubing, forming a rigid understructure. Trim controlled by lifting planes.

Works No. Name
Length (m) Beam (m) Volume (m³) Power (h.p.) Speed (km/h) Notes
1 Lebaudy
(November, 1902)
56.5 9.8 2,284 40 35 Experimental airship. Astra hull. One Mercedes engine ; twin-screws. Ballonet : 300 m³. Was the first successful modern airship. Best endurance : 98 km. in 2.75 hrs. Refitted with a new hull, the airship made 12 ascents but was carried away by the storm on Aug. 28, 1904, and badly damaged. Was repaired and eventually rebuilt. Ballonet: 500 m³. Resumed her ascents, but was again laid up for repairs of her hull, which had been torn by the storm when landing at the Camp de Châlons. Reached on Nov. loth, 1905, twice in succession an altitude of 1,370 m. Her builders sold the airship to the French 'Army for the nominal sum of Frs. 80,000 ($16,ooo) in December, 1905.
la Lebaudy II.
(August, 1904)
56.5 9.8 2,660 40 35 -
Ib Lebaudy III
(July, 1905)
56.5 10 2,950 50 35 -
Ic Lebaudy IV
(October, 1908)
61 10.3 3,300 70 40 French Army airship, as rebuilt by the Army Airship Works. Ballonet : 650 m³. One Panhard-Levassor engine; twin-screws. Best altitude, 1,550 m. (in 1908).Was moored in the open for 17 days in the autumn of 1909. Dismantled in 1912.
2 Patrie
(November, 1906)
61 10.3 3,250 60 45 French Army airship. Ballonet :650 m³. One Panhard-Levassor engine ; twin-screws. Best endurance:240 km. in 6.75 hrs., after reconstruction. Was carried away by the storm on Nov. 30th, 1907; foundered in the Atlantic.
2a (November, 1907) 61 10.9 3,650 60 45 -
3 République
(June. 1908)
61 10.9 3,700 70 50 French Army airship. Ballonet: 730 m³. One Panhard-Levassor engine : twin-screws. Best endurance (in closed circuit) : 210 km. in 7.25 hrs. Was destroyed in mid-air on Aug. 25th, 1909, through the breaking of one screw which burst the hull. The crew of four were killed.
4 Lebedj (ex-Russie)
(May, 1909)
61.2 10.9 3,800 70 49 Russian Army airship. One Panhard-Levassor engine; twin-screws. Ballonet : 900 m³.
5 Liberté
(August 1909)
65 12.5 4,200 120 45 French Army airship, as originally (August, 1909) laid down. Was modified, on account of the disaster of the République, before being commissioned.
5a (June 1910) 84 12.8 7,000 120 53 Two Panhard-Levassor engines ; twin-screws. Designed endurance : 8 hrs.
Dismantled in 1914.
6 M. II
(May, 1910)
- - - - - Austrian Army airship. Built to Messrs. Lebaudy's designs by the Motor-Luftfahrzeug Gesellschaft of Vienna.
7 Morning Post
(September 1910)
103 12 9,800 270 55 British Army airship, purchased by a national subscription started by the London daily Morning Post. Ballonet : 2,500 m³. Two Panhard- Levassor engines ; twin-screws. On Oct. 26th, 1910, the airship flew from Moisson to Aldershot (370 km. in 5.5 hrs.), but was damaged on being berthed. Re-commissioned a few months afterwards, the airship was wrecked through faulty manoeuvring on May 4, 1911, by stranding in some trees.
8 Lebaudy Kretchet
70 14 5,680 200 50 Russian Army airship, built to Messrs. Lebaudy's designs by the Russian Army Airship Works. Keel-girder, pressure type . Two Panhard-Lavassor engines; twin-screws.

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