This retired architect builds marvelous model boats that fly

Suspended from the ceiling of Luigi Prina's studio is a gorgeous alternate history of flight. He builds delicate vessels from balsa wood, paper, and elastic bands, that are light enough to sail through the air. » 11/23/13 2:00pm 11/23/13 2:00pm

Are floating airships the future of aviation?

Memories of the Hindenburg and its nightmarishly igneous end have, for decades now, haunted the airship industry. Floating aircraft are regarded by many as unsafe, and by more still as impractical. But at least one company is attempting to do away with these perceptions, while breathing life back into the deflating… » 3/04/13 8:40am 3/04/13 8:40am

10 Airships of the Present Day — and Near Future

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. » 6/27/11 10:00am 6/27/11 10:00am

Man builds a functional airship you can fit in your garage

Where you and I might walk our dogs around the block, retired engineer Jack Clemens walks his own working airship, a perfect model of a naval airship that was destroyed in 1935. » 6/15/11 2:30pm 6/15/11 2:30pm

Airships are ready to make their big comeback

Ever since the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, airships have been a largely abandoned technology, their continued existence consigned to being a quick shorthand for alternate universes in science fiction. But now, 75 years later, airships might be ready to return. » 5/04/11 3:30pm 5/04/11 3:30pm

Airship Greets a Time-Traveling Mayflower in New York Harbor

What if the pilgrims arrived in America to discover a more advanced civilization than they ever imagined? This striking image of the Mayflower II, escorted by a Navy airship, suggests an alternate history of the pilgrims' landing. [Thanks, Marilyn!] » 10/29/09 6:20am 10/29/09 6:20am

Live Out Your Airship Fantasies in Zeppelin-Shaped Hotel

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. » 9/02/09 12:30pm 9/02/09 12:30pm

Zeppelins Transport You To Your Floating Island Hotel

The airy experience of Alexander Asadov’s Aerohotel begins when you leave the mainland, gliding over the water in one of the island hotel’s designated airships. The hotel itself is so lacy and light that it seems to float high above the surface, letting the ocean and sky stretch out in all directions while having… » 11/17/08 12:04pm 11/17/08 12:04pm