History on Air

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03 April



Zeppelins. Airships. Dirigibles. These words have fired my imagination since I was a child and put together my first Zeppelin scale model. And as a headbanging teen, my devotion to a Led Zeppelin meant that I was always surrounded by icons of these floating horizontal skyscrapers. Every decade or so, there seems to be a resurgence of interest in airships, with new material availability, an energy crisis, or some other motivating factor. Today is no different. So here’s a sampling of some of the airships of the past, a few in the skies of the present, and some fantasies for the near-future. [Make Magazine]

More learning resources:
Lighter Than Air: An Illustrated History of Balloons and Airships
Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships : Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg

Image credit: east_lothian_museums

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