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.
The Goodyear Blimps have been around since 1925, when The Pilgrim was launched with 60 hp worth of air-cooled radial power. Today, the company is preparing the newest generation of their Zeppelins developed by Zee Germans.
Airplay's pretty great, right? You can zap whatever music you like on over to your compatible device. Fun. Great. Just one problem: Only one person can be AirPlayin' at any given time. Minor quibble? Maybe, but it's a tad antisocial.
Airships, the silent, futuristic vessels that float through the skies of alternate histories and ecotopias, aren't just the stuff of science fiction. Here are ten airship that exist today, or are under development for tomorrow.
If you're still sad-faced about never getting a go in Concorde we have yet more bad news—air travel is getting slower again. This time we're warping back to 1930s flight speeds, thanks to a new wave of cargo blimps.
It's the size of a football field, and can float at 20,000 feet for three weeks at a time. It's the latest surveillance mega-vehicle from Northrop Grumman.
Costing $8 million, the Bullet 580 is the world's largest blimp, measuring 71m long, and 19m in diameter. Able to be flown remotely or with a crew, you could rent it—for over $300,000 a month.
Ever wondered how a beast like the Hindenburg zeppelin—a gigantic 803 feet in length and 130 feet in diameter structure—was built in the 1930s? Here's the answer: With the biggest ladders you can possibly imagine. [Thanks David Keyes]
I'm not a fan of iPod/iPhone docks, but I can definitely use the new B&W Zeppelin Mini with rotating dock arm. It has little to do with the original B&W Zeppelin, but it will look good in my new apartment.
It may not fly, but this zeppelin-shaped retreat built among the trees lets you imagine that you live in an airship floating high above the ground. And, if you happen to pass through Victoria, Australia, it's available to rent.
This illustration of an "aerial battle of the not-distant future" appeared in the November 20, 1900 Duluth Evening Herald (Duluth, MN). As with most of my posts involving newspapers from Minnesota, this image was found in the microfilm library of the Minnesota History Center. A special thank you to the MNHS for…
With soaring fuel costs and greenhouse gas concerns, zeppelins might get their second chance to be a relevant mode of transportation. According to the New York Times, several countries are now looking into developing dirigibles for transporting things such as sightseers, postal deliveries and scientific payloads.…
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…
Smartphone blog TamsPPC say they received an email from Palm regarding developer submissions for two devices codenamed Zeppelin and Skywriter.They suggest the Skywriter could be a Palm 500-style device with WinMo 6.1, and they posted possible mockup of what appears to be a dev unit. There were no facts provided about…
The folks at BoingBoing have spotted the best new fashion of the season: a top hat with a Zeppelin! The main body of the hat is painted to look like sky, and a plush Zeppelin attached to the hat appears to be sailing around it. If only it weren't too late for Hanukkah, I'd be asking for this! [BoingBoing]
Aeros, a company that specializes in lighter-than-air blimps, is set to market the first modern-day zeppelin to the consumer market. They're selling the combination blimp/jet, the "Aeroscraft," as a luxury airliner that can take off and land vertically — thus eliminating the need for airports. Plus, they can hover!…