These Massive Hangars in Orange County Once Housed WWII Airships

Rising conspicuously above the red-tile roofs and big-box stores of suburban Tustin, California, these two massive hangars stand as monuments to a lost age of aviation, built when lighter-than-air dirigibles held promise as the future of air travel—and air warfare. » 7/17/14 4:43pm 7/17/14 4:43pm

These High-Flying Drones Almost Hit Satellite Status

Low earth orbit is becoming increasingly crowded with satellite traffic and, as Gravity showed us, increasingly treacherous. So rather than try to squeeze yet another spacecraft into the mix, a French consortium has begun development on a super-high altitude, autonomous dirigible that will skim along the edge of the… » 3/21/14 11:40am 3/21/14 11:40am

The World's Longest Aircraft Finally Gets Off the Ground

The HAV304 took the crown of “world's longest aircraft” with its inaugural flight today. The gargantuan spans a football field and towers just over two stories in height, owing its construction to pure metal. It sacrifices little in being the world's longest, as it still reaches 100 mph, which is triple that of the… » 2/28/14 7:00pm 2/28/14 7:00pm

The Coolest Toys from the 1911 FAO Schwarz Catalog

Smithsonian's Around the Mall blog recently dug up an awesome FAO Schwarz catalog from 1911, found over at the Internet Archive. It's filled with some pretty fantastic toys, including airship-themed board games, Kodak cameras, and carriages led by sheep. But these gifts didn't come cheap. » 12/24/13 12:01pm 12/24/13 12:01pm

31 Photos From the Golden Age of Airships, When Zeppelins Ruled the Sky

It's been nearly a century since airships floated by the Empire State Building. But now that the aluminum airship of the future is here and almost ready to carry passengers, it's high time that we took a look back to those few decades when majestic zeppelins seemed like the future of travel. » 9/24/13 9:00am 9/24/13 9:00am

The Incredible Engineering Behind History's Greatest Airships

Zeppelins are actually quite an impressive species of aeronautical engineering—you know, when they aren't on fire. That's especially true considering the level of technological prowess in the 1920's. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 shots of these magnificent air-borne cruisers before they ever lifted off.
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Zeppelins Return to US, Slightly Less Flammable Now

A San Francisco start-up called Airship Ventures has raised $8 million to launch its first Zeppelin this fall, for the purposes of tourism and research. The "flightseeing," as they're calling it, will cost a $250 to $500 for a spin around the Bay Area in a bonafide don't-call-it-a-blimp Zeppelin. What's the… » 5/11/08 10:30am 5/11/08 10:30am

Super-Luxury Vacations Aboard Airborne Cruise Ships?

Some members of the Gizmodo team have flown on the Goodyear blimp, and marvel at that thrill of standing on a platform in the air. Now blimp maker Worldwide Aeros Corporation says it plans to offer that experience to paying customers by 2010. It has teamed up with hospitality and leisure firm WATG in an agreement to… » 2/10/06 10:17am 2/10/06 10:17am