This looks interesting and I know there are many here interested in dirigibles...
Next on NOVA: "Wings of Madness"

http://www.pbs.org/nova/santos

Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at 8PM ET/PT on PBS
Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.

In the early 1900s, the most acclaimed celebrity in Europe, and
arguably the world, was a fashionable, frail, Brazilian-born aviator
named Alberto Santos-Dumont. The first to fly an airplane in Europe,
Santos also built and flew the first practical dirigibles, or
powered balloons. At a time when most balloons were at the mercy of
the wind and many still thought the airplane an impossibility,
Santos's bold exploits sparked a sensation. He was the spiritual
father of aviation, and at the same time, a flying P.T. Barnum,
intrepidly demonstrating his incredible flying machines in Paris,
London, New York, and St. Louis. NOVA brings to life the
little-known story of one of the world's great aviation pioneers
in "Wings of Madness."

Here's what you'll find online:

My First Balloon Ascent
Santos recalls his initial exhilarating experience among
the clouds.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/santos/balloon.html

Tale of the Damselfly
Santos's most successful plane still inspires aircraft designers
and buffs today.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/santos/hadingham.html

Tour the Demoiselle
In this audio slide show, explore a replica of a 1909
Demoiselle #20.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/santos/demoiselle.html

Radical Designs
View influential planes of Santos's era as well as a few odd
designs that never quite made it.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/santos/radical.html

Also, a podcast, Links & Books, the program transcript, the
teacher's guide, and more.

http://www.pbs.org/nova/santos