There was once a time when man looked to the skies and expected to see giant balloons rather than airplanes drifting above. The Hindenburg Disaster promptly put an end to those dreams. But nearly a century later, one company may have finally figured out how to build a dirigible suitable for the 21st century. Just…
Whether or not the Hinderberg tragedy was to blame, blimps and zeppelins never really caught on as a popular form of travel. But as Italian designer Flaminio Bovino shows, they certainly make for a beautiful lighting accessory.
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.
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.
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.
In a plot that's crazy (and evil genius) enough to be from James Bond, three people have been arrested after police discovered their plan to free a drug trafficker from an island prison using a 13-foot airship carrying night goggles, climbing gear and camouflage paint.