Man first flew in a balloon in the late 18th Century, but the internal combustion engine enabled him to build airships which could effectively combat the natural elements, especially wind. How balloons and airships were used in peace and war, until disasters in the 1930s meant that they were superseded by heavier-than-air machines as the means of air transport. Some amazing footage of daring escapes including personal interviews.
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