Pompeïen-Piraud, Jean-Claude

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Pompeïen-Piraud, Jean-Claude Gender: M
born on 16 August 1846 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Corbelin, France, 45n3627, 5e3247
Timezone LMT m5e3247 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Mandl
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 22°53' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 19°05 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 21°51'


French dentist and inventor who developed the aerostat L'Espérance at the end of the 19th century.

He began by studying the flight mechanisms of birds and bats from 1875 to 1886 and practised using the artificial wings of his creation. He made a first flight test in public at the Grand-Camp de Villeurbanne on 20 March 1877 and succeeded in raising the aircraft by 3 m. He carried out further tests by improving his system in 1879 and 1882.

In 1883, he managed to fly his egg-shaped balloon called L'Espérance over 150 km.

On 27 September 1892, he flew with the astronomer Charles André, director of the Lyon observatory, who wanted to carry out experiments on atmospheric electricity. But an hour after taking off from the Tête d'Or park, the machine crashed near Châtillon, injuring André. The two men accused each other of causing the accident.

On 12 November 1899, he flew a prototype called an “air thruster”.

Jean-Claude Pompeïen-Piraud died on 24 January 1907 at age 60 in Lyon.

Link to Wikipedia biography (French)


Source Notes

Michaël Mandl quotes birth record [1].


  • Vocation : Medical : Dentist/ Dental Tech
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator