Thomas Scott Baldwin
Baldwin developed the USA's first dirigible airship , the California Arrow , in 1904 . (First trip July 29, 1904, first public trip: August 3, 1904). He used hydrogen as the lifting gas . Baldwin was able to achieve some commercial success with his airships. By 1908 he had sold about ten airships, they were equipped with Glenn Curtiss engines.
In 1908 he managed to get an order from the US armed forces . The Signal Corps Airship No. 1 (SC-1) ascended for the first time for seven minutes on August 4, 1908. The following day the successful acceptance test for the military took place. The airship was powered by a water-cooled 24 hp four-cylinder engine developed by Curtiss and the first of its kind.
His last job was with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company as a balloon and airship designer.
|SURNAME||Baldwin, Thomas Scott|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American balloonist and aviation pioneer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 30, 1854|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Marion , Missouri|
|DATE OF DEATH||May 17, 1923|