Rigid Airships

I’ve loved rigid airships since I was little. My first encounter was in the movie The Hindenburg, where George C. Scott has to track down a bomb. I think he fails and the Hindenburg blows up. I don’t remember much more. It’s not that great a movie. But I do remember how beautiful it looked to my little kid eyes. I’d link to a video of the real thing but the only one I can find of the Hindenburg just flying has watermarks all over it.

However, I did find a website that’s a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more, and not just about the Hindenburg: www.airships.net. The site covers the whole history of airships, the technology and design, the people involved, and a lot more. Great starting point.

I’m hoping rigid airships come back (in a much safer form obviously). I saw this on Twitter the other day and that gives me hope.

Aeroscraft Shows Off Its Giant Airship: A second age of dirigibles is moving ahead

In the meantime, since I can’t ride one, I’ll have to make due with writing about one. That’s right. One of the major characters in Echelon’s sequel has an airship and some major scenes take place there.

What about you? Rigid airships, yes? Or no?

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