All-metal airship sets off on its maiden flight

  • Date
    3 November 1897
  • Description
    An all-metal airship designed by Hungarian inventor David Schwarz, equipped with a 12 hp / 9 kW Daimler engine, sets off on ist maiden flight from Tempelhofer Feld. But the world's first rigid airship is destroyed on landing. Pilot Ernst Jagels escapes the crash with minor injuries.
Aviation pioneer David Schwarz in 1897 at a starting test with the aluminium-planked rigid airship at the Tempelhof field in Berlin, driven by a 5 hp/3.7 kW strong Daimler “Model P” four-cylinder engine. The airship gets destroyed during a landing.
Rigid airship, 1897