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Otokar Theodor Arno

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Otokar Theodor Arno (1866-1902)

1902 Baron De Bradsky, the aeronaut, and his engineer M. Molin were sadly killed from a failed flight in their dirigible.

Baron Otokar Theodor Arno of Bradsky Laboun (also Otokar Theodor Arno Bradsky of Laboun, Ottokar Théodor Arno de Bradsky-Laboun, born May 4, 1866 in Zwickau, Kingdom of Saxony, died October 13, 1902 in Stains) was a German aviation pioneer and diplomat (Herald) for Japan and India.

Bradsky-Laboun was the son of Fran(t)z Victor of Bradsky-Laboun and Bertha Fischer. He was married to Hannah von Bradsky-Labounska, née Schröder, and most recently lived with his 28-year-old wife in Montreux , Switzerland.

He constructed a steerable balloon with engineer Paul Morin . The balloon was made by Henri Lachambre The gondola was 17 m long and weighed 350 kg. It was attached to 16 steel cables. The propeller had a diameter of 4 m; the engine turned it at 350 rpm. The first flight took place on 13 October 1902 was started in Vaugirard. At about 9 o'clock one was Stains and wanted to land at Ly. When demolishing the gondola at about 180 m altitude de Bradsky and Morin were killed.

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