Educational Series 406|
La Republique, an airship of the semi-rigid type, was built for the French Government by Lebaudy Bros., and made its first flight in September 1908, covering a distance of 200 kilometres in 6 1/2 hours, returning to its starting point without descent. In length it was almost 210 ft. while it was fitted with twin screws driven by a motor of 80 h.p. A sister ship to La Republique was La Patrie, which broke away from its moorings and was never found. La Republique in 1909 also met with disaster.