Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Army Blimps

While the large airships are most often associated with Germany, the US Army had a large interest in the craft in the 1920's and 1930's. This picture shows two of the airships circling the Washington Monument. It is generally recognized that most of the real innovation in this type of aircraft was done in Germany.


  1. Good morning!

    Looks like an alien invasion.

  2. I have always been fascinated by air ships and blimps, I have never been up in either. I would jump at a chance to get into one some day.

    I did take a hot air balloon ride once, and only once. If there is any wind other than a breeze it can get dangerous. If you don't get enough lift and the wind if blowing , you can get blown into things, like wires, and other tall structures.
    And then comes the landing part. To start with you are kind of at the mercy of which way the wind is blowing. The wind direction may change while you are in flight and blow you into a lot of problems. And if at touch down the wind is stronger than anticipated, that is a whole new set of problems.
    Heaven forbid if there is a malfunction in the equipment. Even though it is very rare, but things can and do go wrong. If the wind changes direction and blows you across a river, and your chase crew can not find a bridge to cross at. It is a little different with GPS.s now, but it still can take a while for them to catch up.

    No my one and only time once actually one time to many for me. I have watched many of hot air balloons come down hard and get drug some be for they could collapse the balloon completely.

  3. Good morning!

    That's just what I thought, an alien invasion!

  4. Playing tag was never more fun.

  5. At least our air ships didn't burst into flames.

  6. Sure hope you can find some interior shots aboard the German Zepplins.

  7. DADD, yes, ours didn't burst into flame, they just burst. Google "USS Akron," "USS Macon," or "USS Shenandoah."

  8. A bit unfair Nate. Most of the US losses were weather related accidents. As were the German and British, really. The Hindenberg type of loss was an outlier.

    Primitive meteorology, 1920's structural design, operator & procedural errors all played their part.


  9. I have really enjoyed this series, especially since I've found very little on the subject of airships through both the internet and books. It is difficult, specifically, to find material on the Hindenburg. Anyone know of a good website or other resource?


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