The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Who doesn't love airships? Dirigibles, zeppelins and aerostats. They're just so stately and romantic — and, as it turns out, a completely impractical method of transport. To many of us, the airship instantly symbolizes the romance and wonder of past dreams of escaping gravity — and in many cases, the zepplin is also the infallible sign of an alternate universe.

Check out our gallery of the most gorgeous airship pictures we could find, ranging from historical images to new art — and including some edible airships!

Top Image: Airship Battle: by Tom McGrath, [Deviant Art]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

The Eagle. An illustration of an early Jules Henri Giffard design. Built in 1836, it was on exhibition in London when it escaped and burst. It was never tested. [From the Smithsonian Institution's collection.]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

An illustration of Jules Henri Giffard's steam powered airship. In 1852 it flew 17 miles from the Paris Hippodrome to Elancourt. However, it could not make the return trip against the wind.

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

From [ The Journal of San Diego History: ] "An Arcade View Company photograph about 1910 of the Toliver Dirigible Air Ship - stern view from starboard side - built in a canyon near Twenty-Eight and B Streets."

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

USS Macon: The USS Macon was a naval "flying air craft carrier" and scout aerostat. It crashed into the Pacific Ocean during a storm in 1935. Here it is, floating above NYC in 1933.

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

The USS Los Angeles, pictured refueling while at sea.

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Elegant Airship: by Naomi Robinson, [Deviant Art]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Leviathan: This airship isn't just whale shaped, it's actually a living creature in Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan. Illustration by Keith Thompson.

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Strato Moblis: by Sextan Shephard, [Second Life]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

The Antarctic Experiment, Myke Amend

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Vernian Process: This airship is a detail from a larger painting by Myke Amend. You can see the painting [here.]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Osgood Finnegan's Airship: From Bradley W. Schenck's [Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual. ]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Airship Station: by Alanise, [Deviant Art]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

One Man Zeppelin: by Joao Barros, [Deviant Art]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

This gorgeous cardboard creation by the amazing William Waldrop gives the Civil War an air force. You can see more of his astounding work [here.]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

The Island: by Andros Ciprian, [Deviant Art]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Thunderer: Iron-clad dirigible by Vadim Voitekhovitch, [Deviant Art]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Bioshock Infinite: An airship explodes over the floating city of Columbia in the game Bioshock Infinite.

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

HMAS Agamemnon: by John Malcolm, [Deviant Art]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Airship Cake: Steampunk Wedding Cake by [Charm City Cakes]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Steampunk Dirigible: by Rafa Maya, [Deviant Art]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

A Day's Work Done: by donaguire, [Deviant Art]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Zeppelin: by Eren Arik, [Deviant Art]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Ludiculous Skytop Zeppelin Hat: by Molly Michelle Friedrich, [Deviant Art]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Red Airship: Artist Unknown

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Castle In The Sky: The passenger dirigible from Hayao Miyazaki's Castle In The Sky. Just one of the many airships that appear in his films.

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Airship Cerulia: by M.L. Hopp, [Deviant Art]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Aeros Concept Art: Here is concept art for Aeros Aeronautical System's Aeroscraft ML866, a 210 foot long helium based craft that DARPA provided a grant for in 2009. [ Aeros Aeronautical System]

The Coolest Airship Pictures You've Ever Seen

Rescue Pods Studio Lindfors: These aerostat pod designs, by Ostap Rudakevych, are intended to rescue city dwellers from floods, while still keeping them connected to their homes. From [Studio Lindfors.]