Only The Greatest Airship Pilots Could Reach The Forest Sanctuary

It took a great deal of skill to navigate through the trees, and a woodsman's memory of the forest to remember the exact location of the sanctuary. But any who found their way to the dock could expect comfort, food, and wisdom that couldn't be obtained anywhere on the ground. » 1/20/15 5:00pm 1/20/15 5:00pm

How NASA Could Build A Cloud City Over Venus

Owing to the extreme conditions on the Venusian surface, it's going to be quite some time before a human ever steps foot on that planet. That's why NASA is developing a plan to deploy human-occupied airships in Venus's upper atmosphere. And yes, permanent occupation is the ultimate goal. » 12/17/14 12:40pm 12/17/14 12:40pm

The World Was Awesome When Airships And Blimps Ruled The Skies

At the turn of the 20th century planes were still in their infancy, but people still wanted to get off the ground and go somewhere while doing it. That's when everybody got into blimps, and their rigid cousins, airships. And goddamn were they pretty. » 10/13/13 3:20pm 10/13/13 3:20pm

Gilded airships float from their towering docks

Unfortunately for the people still on the ground, they've missed the aerial boat. Concept artist Min Nguen fills the skies with these elegant airships. » 9/15/13 5:00pm 9/15/13 5:00pm

Fantastical illustrations of airships from the early 20th century

Charles Dellschau was a butcher, but after his retirement in 1899, he became an artist, laboring over intricate collages and illustrations of flying machines. He filled notebooks with gorgeous, multicolored airship designs and mysterious, coded records of the "Sonora Aero Club." » 6/29/13 3:00pm 6/29/13 3:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: Flight of the Fish Airships

We love a good airship, but what about airships made of giant floating fish monsters? What kind of stories take place in a city in which these creatures fill the skies? » 6/01/13 12:00pm 6/01/13 12:00pm

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… » 5/11/12 12:34pm 5/11/12 12:34pm

An airship emerges from the reddish clouds of dawn

From this distance, it could be a pleasure ship, an apartment complex, or the first stately vessel in a military deployment. But the fortress is none of these things. It is the place where this gas giant's greatest secrets are kept, hidden in the clouds of the upper atmosphere. It's rare to glimpse it at all - you're… » 12/26/11 6:00am 12/26/11 6:00am

A gorgeous airship model kit from the sustainable future

We've always loved Ian McQue's incredible jalopy ship designs, and now Industria Mechanika is selling a super limited-edition version of this Remora ship as a model. If you love putting together models and painting them, this beauty could be your next project. » 10/20/11 4:08pm 10/20/11 4:08pm

The ships of the air are dilapidated but graceful

These ships float over the cities and seashores scouting for anything that can be turned into fuel. They may not look like much, but you'll be glad to have one when you run into trouble - or need gas. » 12/14/10 7:30am 12/14/10 7:30am

The future of zeppelin travel - an airship that can move houses

An Australian company is developing the next generation of airships, that work like blimps with lighter-than-air gases to give it lift. These new airships would be capable of lifting an entire house, or even a entire hospital in emergencies. » 10/08/10 12:00pm 10/08/10 12:00pm

The airship emerged from jagged peaks, its body swollen with gas

Earlier this year, the Nucleus Gallery in California had a stunning exhibition called "Lift Off: The Art of Airships." Here are some of our favorite images of zeppelins and other fantastical aircraft from the show. » 6/29/10 8:30am 6/29/10 8:30am

Video: world's biggest airship inflated for the first time

Airships of the future are getting a little closer to reality. A new time-lapse video shows the world's largest airship being inflated in an Alabama cattle barn, and the ship's manufacturer says it will be ready for test flights soon. » 5/22/10 3:00pm 5/22/10 3:00pm

Airships Sail Through Tentacle-Infested Skies

Steampunk artist Myke Amend's paintings of airships are almost deceptively serene, with ornate ships sailing through icy skies. But tentacles and sea monsters lurk in the background, hinting at high adventure and grave dangers. » 8/14/09 5:00pm 8/14/09 5:00pm

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

While steampunkers imagine that Edwardian technology could achieve improbable feats, Edwardians themselves often did the same. These turn of the century postcards depict a glorious future where phenomenal technologies are powered by electricity and steam. » 7/28/09 10:00am 7/28/09 10:00am

The Bad Astrology And Universe Today forum has a hilarious list of the Top 5 Sci-Fi Aircraft That Would Fall Like A Rock. Turns out the laws of aerodynamics still apply, even in the future. Image by Franz66 » 11/08/07 8:51pm 11/08/07 8:51pm