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28. US Army Tournament 1909~Dirigible Balloon
Era: 1908-1915   Publisher: Anonymous 

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The Thomas Baldwin Dirigible Balloon powered by a Curtiss engine had the distinction of being the first powered aircraft to be purchased by the U.S. Military. Acquired by the Army in 1908, it was designated “Signal Corps Dirigible No. 1” or simply SC-1.

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