Charles Dollfus

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Charles Dollfus (31 March 1893 – 3 July 1981) was a French aeronaut and celebrated historian of aeronautics.

He started piloting balloons at age 18. In 1918 he was involved in creating the Musée de l'Air (now the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace) in Paris.[1]

He co-wrote L'Aéronautique, 1922 with Henry de La Vaulx and Paul Tissandier.

Charles Harvard Gibbs-Smith praises his historical work, especially his study of Clément Ader. At least one illustration in Gibbs-Smith's book on Ader (which he dedicated to Dollfus) comes from "the Charles Dollfus Collection."



  1. "Charles Dollfus Dead; Balloon Pilot Was 88", 7 July 1981, New York Times.