Vienna exhibition, 1888

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Led to formation of a committee which lead to military training in aeronautics and later an Austrian balloon corps.

In 1888, an extensive exhibition of all things relating to ballooning was arranged by Viktor Silberer, a well known amateur, who took great interest in the sport. The success of the exhibition was very great, and it attracted general attention to the subject. The inevitable committee was of course formed, with instructions to visit London, Paris, and Berlin in order to find out all that was known. Voluminous reports were presented in due course, and in 1890 a military course of aeronautics was started. It was placed under the direction of Silberer, who had constructed a ballooning establishment for himself in the Prater at Vienna.[1]


  1. Hildebrandt, 1908, Airships Past and Present, p. 166.
Event names Internationale Ausstellung für Luftschiffahrt; Vienna exhibition
Event type exhibition
Country Austria
Location Vienna
Start date 1888
Number of days
Tech focus LTA