Joseph Spiess

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Joseph Spiess (born September 10, 1838 in Mulhouse , Alsace , † March 31, 1917 ) was a French engineer. In 1873 he had a rigid airship patented. It was only built in 1913 with the 113 m long spit (Zodiak XII).

Tomb in Paris
Airship Spiess

He was awarded the Militaire Medal for his service in the Franco-German War . He was also made a Knight of the Legion of Honor for his invention .

He is buried with other family members on the Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise in Paris .

Web links

Commons : Joseph Spiess  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. La Guerre mondiale: bulletin quotidien illustré , edition of April 11, 1917, p. 6160, in the Bibliothèque nationale de France , accessed on October 24, 2016.