Frank Reade’s Victorian Airships | Manufactured entirely at the Reades’ foundries and machine works in Readestown, Pennsylvania, the ships were constructed from a bullet-proof aluminum/steel alloy of Frank Reade Jr.’s own invention.
Frank Reade’s Victorian Airships | Chemical generators powered the rotors and the vessel’s electrical systems, such as sources of light and heat. The ships were airtight and could be pressurized for high-altitude flight. The craft were well-armed, and their decks were electrified to repel boarders. Fully loaded, the ships were capable of traveling around the world without making a single stop.