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The Lebaudy brother built another military dirigible which was named 'La République'. Almost the same size as the earlier 'La Patrie', its first flight was on 24 June 1908. This dirigible was completely destroyed on 25 September 1909, killing the four man crew. One of the propellers at the side of the gondola had broken during flight, resulting that parts of this propeller damaged the envelope. From the damaged envelope hydroxy gas started coming out which came in contact with the hot engine in the gondola. Instantly the whole dirigible was set on fire in the air, with as a result that the whole construction fell to the earth, killing the crew instntly.

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Taken on January 15, 2016