Originally Posted by ProphetM
Did that float actually... float? I totally can't tell if it's off the ground or not.
I have no idea if it was a functioning gas bag. As unlikely as it may seem, balloonatics from all over descended upon the LA area two years later in January 1910. (see last item describing powered balloons "Zeppelin Ships Far Ahead of Other Types"). Either way, bet the crowd loved it. (Who hosted the broadcasts back then?)
Your point begets another question, the floating "ship" would have been filled with what type of gas? Hydrogen, Helium, hot air? Were either of the first two gases "practically" available in the Los Angeles area in 1908? On the other hand, it probably wasn't until sometime after May 6, 1937,
that Parade officials imposed a strict prohibition against hydrogen-filled parade floats on Colorado Blvd.
Count Zeppelin may be most closely associated with the craze, but there were others: Santos-Dumont's "Number 6" rounding the Eiffel in 1901.
Let's not forget that by 1910, Dominguez Hills was apparently on the vanguard of powered flight.
ALL from this wonderful articlehttp://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thed...tion-meet.html