This tiny little company has, arguably, the longest lineage of any firm in aviation — a lineage that dates all the way back to 1863. That’s the year that an inventor named Solomon Andrews — a versatile and visionary man who also invented the combination lock — built and flew a triple-hulled, gravity-powered airship he called the Aereon. Andrews envisioned building the airships for the Union Army as surveillance and reconnaissance vehicles. He might even have succeeded, except then Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and the Civil War ended. And without the exigencies of a war, interest in Andrews’ invention faded. He tried to generate interest in a civilian version and even flew a single-hull airship from lower Manhattan up to Brookville, Long Island, one time, but he never got the funding he needed to do anything more with the idea.