The Hindenburg Zepplin had a smoking lounge. The room was pressurized to prevent Hydrogen from leaking in and the airships stewards scrutinized passengers who left the room to make sure they weren't bringing out lit cigarettes or pipes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
In 1982, Larry Walters made made a 45-minute flight in a homemade airship made of an ordinary patio chair and 45 helium-filled weather balloons. During the landing, the aircraft became entangled in power lines, but Walters was able to safely climb down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
Despite being widely publicized, the Hindenburg disaster was only the 4th worst airship disaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R10…
The Hindenburg, an airship famous for its fiery death in 1937, was built with metal reclaimed from the airship R101, which crashed and burned 7 years earlier. airships.net/blog/film-br…
In the 1930's the US navy had two airships that each carried, and could launch, up to 5 bi-plane fighters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akr…
In 1923, the US launched the USS Shenandoah, the first helium filled rigid airship. It used much of the world's available helium supply at the time. In 1925, it crashed in Ohio, killing 14 of the crew, and was stripped of valuable parts by looters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The first undisputed voyage to the North Pole was actually made by an Italian airship called the Norge. It was also led by Roald Amundsen, the same man who first made it to the south pole. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Early airships like the Zeppelins were made using hundreds of thousands of cow intestines to contain the hydrogen gas pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/f…
The Empire State Building's antenna was originally designed to be a dock for zepplin airships. It was used only once in September 1931 and abandoned entirely after the Hindenburg incident. airspacemag.com/daily-pla…
In 1923 Goodyear Tire created a subsidiary known as the Goodyear Zeppelin Company to manufacture airships, and between 1923 and 1995 it made over three hundred zeppelins. ohiohistorycentral.org/w/…
During WWI a German weapon manufacturer developed a 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) unmanned, drone, biplane, glider torpedo that was launched from Zeppelin Airships. It was guided by wire to its target. The last test was August 2, 1918, 102-years-ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
The first undisputed journey to the North Pole was completed by the crew of the airship Norge, captained by Roald Amundsen, which was capable of reaching speeds of up to 70mph britannica.com/biography/…
The Hindenburg airship which infamously exploded in 1937 was constructed with aluminum salvaged from the wreckage of a British R101 airship that crashed in 1930 killing 48 passengers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
Flying saucers weren't the first reported UFOs. During the 1880s and 1890s, there were widespread reports of mysterious airships. Rumors that Thomas Edison was behind the airships were so common that he had to write a letter denying involvement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mys…
Today I learned about Vacuum Airships which are a hypothetical type of airship which would use a vacuum instead of gas filled balloons to generate lift. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vac…
The Zeppelin company is still alive and still producing airships youtube.com/watch?v=Yp7mO…
Despite being filled with flammable hydrogen, the Hindenburg airship had a smoking lounge on board. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Germany Conducted Air Raids On Britain During WW1 Using Airships. wikipedia.org/wiki/German…
The pressurized bodies of early airships were called β€œenvelopes,” a term that persisted in aviation to later describe the ideal flight performance of an airplane. When early NASA test pilots reached higher altitude, they called it β€œpushing the envelope” which is where we get the phrase. nytimes.com/1988/05/15/ma…
Today I learned about Larry Walters, who dreamed of flying since he was a child. He was going to join the air force but his poor eyesight disqualified him. On July 2, 1982 he built a homemade airship out of a patio chair and 45 helium balloons and flew for nearly an hour, reaching an altitude of 16,000 feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
William Leefe Robinson was the first (British) pilot to shoot down a German airship (Zeppelin) during the First World War. For this, he was awarded The Victoria Cross and Β£3500 in prize money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee…
The World's largest indoor waterpark is an Old German Airship hanger twistedsifter.com/2015/06…
When British Airways had trouble erecting the London Eye, Virgin flew an airship over it saying "BA Can't Get It Up" virgin.com/richard-branso…
The gas cells of early zeppelins were made from cow intestines. It took two hundred and fifty thousand cows to make one airship. During WW1, Germany and its allies ceased production of sausages so that there would be enough cow guts to make zeppelins. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Airships use water condensed from their exhaust gases as ballast to compensate for spent fuel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buo…
The US government has over one billion cubic meters of helium stored in a strategic reserve in Texas. The reserve was started in the 1920s and was originally intended for airships, but was later used as a coolant for the space program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
In 1929 the Empire State Building added a 222-foot β€œdirigible mooring mast”, where parked airships could offload passengers to the tip of the tallest building in the world. nytimes.com/2010/09/26/re…
Although the Hindenberg is the best-remembered airship disaster, it wasn't nearly the worst. There were twice as many casualties (73 of 76 on board) when the U.S. Navy airship USS Akron crashed at sea off the New Jersey coast four years earlier, on April 4, 1933. airships.net/blog/worst-a…
A 54 year old German x-ray technician fell in love with a dying 20 year old Tuberculosis patient. After she died, he exhumed her body and began a romantic relationship with her corpse. He kept the corpse in his broken β€œairship” while he tried bringing her back from the dead. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The official bird of Redondo Beach, California, is the Goodyear Blimp. In 1983, the coastal city adopted a resolution to make the legendary aircraft the official city bird, even presenting a plaque to a team from Goodyear Airship Operations to commemorate the decision. laserweb.redondo.org/WebL…
The first U. S. airship disaster happened because the balloon was so big and its shape so strange that the pilots couldn't hear the orders of their captain. It wobbled and collapsed injuring 16 people. todayinsci.com/Events/Air…
During World War I, whales were often mistaken for U-Boats by airships blog.maryevans.com/2017/0…
NASA wants to establish a floating cloud city to study Venus. The innovative concept involves helium-filled, solar-powered airships, which could contribute to humans permanently occupying the atmosphere of the hottest planet in our solar system. iflscience.com/space/nasa…
Some of the very first air-to-ground radio transmissions were from the airship "America", and made about the ship's cat, Kiddo, in 1910. "Come and get this goddamn cat!" - airship engineer Melvin Vaniman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
In 1932, US Navy Apprentice Seaman Charles M. β€œBud” Cowart was trying to land the military airship USS Akron in New Jersey failed to let go of the rope and had to hold on for dear life as it rose to 2000 feet over the sea until they could rescue him documentingreality.com/fo…
The Hindenburg disaster was neither the first nor the deadliest airship explosion in the brief era of commercial lighter-than-air travel, two thirds of those onboard actually survived. Just four years earlier, an American airship exploded killing 73 of 76 passengers. youtube.com/watch?v=g9bkQ…
After the airship the USS Akron crashed, killing 73 people, the Navy dispatched an additional airship to assist in rescue efforts. This airship then proceeded to crash as well, killing an additional two people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Martin Goodman, the founder of Marvel Comics, was on vacation in Europe and tried to order tickets to fly back on the Hindenburg airship. However, he was late ordering tickets and couldn't secure him and his wife seats together, so they decided to fly back on an airplane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
An airship's hydrogen bags were made from ox intestines. Britain's R101 used the guts of 1.5 million oxen 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
The North Pole was first reached by the airship Norge in 1926 with Roald Amundsen, leader of the first successful expedition to the South Pole, among the crew. The three previous claims are disputed as being either of dubious accuracy or outright fraud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The first East-West Trans-Atlantic flight was an airship in 1919 scotsman.com/lifestyle-2-…
The metal from the airship disaster crash of the British R101, was later melted down and then re-used to build... the Hindenburg (see shortly after 16 ins 4 secs) youtu.be/ixxXhZVFXxQ
On August 16, 1942, a military blimp left San Francisco bay on a routine submarine-spotting mission. A few hours later, the airship wandered back over land and crashed with nobody aboard. Life rafts and other gear had not been touched. To this day the two man crew has never been found. check-six.com/Crash_Sites…
Today I learned of the Airship Italia disaster, a catastrophic polar expedition wreck in the Arctic Circle nine years before the Hindenburg en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
When British Airways was having trouble erecting the London eye, Richard Branson (owner of Virgin) had an airship flying over the wheel bearing the slogan β€˜BA Can't Get It Up!!’ virgin.com/richard-branso…
The scrap metal from Britain's crashed R.101 airship was sold and reused to construct the Hindenburg youtu.be/ixxXhZVFXxQ
The Empire State Building's spire was originally designed to be a mooring mast for Zeppelin airships en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
The hydrogen gasbags of the British Rigid Airship, R101, were constructed using the thin membranes lining the intestines of an ox. Nearly 60,000 ox intestines were needed for the gasbags. The ship crashed and burned a year after completion. youtube.com/watch?v=ixxXh…
Scrap from the wreckage of the British airship R101 was sold to the Zeppelin company, which was later to be used in the building of the Hindenburg. youtu.be/ixxXhZVFXxQ?t=16…
Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH, the successor to the company founded by Ferdinand von Zeppelin exists today and builds Zeppelin airships, albeit with helium and not hydrogen zeppelinflug.de/en/

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