Francisco, California, CHRONICLE, 13 June 1909, page
FRANCE IS STIRRED BY ZEPPELIN'S SUCCESS
Making Plans for Policing Air Along the Country's Border
Show the Count Could Have Skirted British Coast.
Dispatch to the "Chronicle."
June 2. - Count Zeppelin's record flight in his airship
in Germany has had the immediate effect of compelling official
action in France. To-day an important meeting was held at
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where delegates of all
French Ministers drew up plans for policing the air.
and other administration authorities of villages and small
towns have been perplexed as to what to do when foreign
balloons alighted in their territory. The Commission will
decide questions, arising in this connection from three
points of view - national defense, custom-house and police.
To-day the Commission reported in favor of asking the great
powers to compbine on international legislation and suggested
that cards of identification be issued by national authorities
which would prevent troubles now arising from the landing
of French aeronauts in foreign territory or of foreign aeronauts
OF LATEST FLIGHT.
June 3. - German aeronauts who are making a critical study
of Count Zeppelin's latest flight are convinced that he
has established the incontestable superiority of the rigid
balloon over other types. The recent trip, in spite of the
accident at the landing, is held to have afforded final
proof that dirigibles must be reckoned with hereafter as
a potent factor in actual campaigning.
Hildebrand, a well-known expert, points out that Count Zeppelin
was able to cover 620 miles with his original supply of
gas and benzine.
the airship started from Metz it could have made a round
trip over a considerable section of France, or, starting
from Cologne, it could have sailed over London and taken
accurate observations along the English Coast. What still
more arouses the admiration of the experts in Count Zeppelin's
feat of patching up the damaged balloon in an open field
and continuing the journey.
SHIP AT HOME
June 3. - The Zeppelin airship, after having made its way
by stages from Goeppingen, arrived here at 6 o'clock this
morning and descended successfully to the floating shed
on the Lake of Constance. The damages sustained at the end
of the prolonged flight of Sunday and Monday will be repaired
Emperor has sent the following telegram to Count Zeppelin:
"Congratulations on your remarkable trip to Friedrichshafen
with the provisionally repaired airship, which proves the
capacity of the rigid system. As I shall be absent from
Berlin six weeks from now, I suggest that the Berlin trip
be undertaken August 26th."
in a dispatch to the Emperor, Count Zeppelin said that in
six weeks he hoped to be able to report to him at Berlin
with his airship.