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

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

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

Great moments in alternate history: the golden age of zeppelins


If I've learned anything from Alternate History fiction, it's that in 90% of all alternate universes are timelines where A.) Hitler won WWII; or B.) people fly zeppelins instead of planes. Today we'll explore the latter. » 6/20/10 10:05am 6/20/10 10:05am

Oh Canada, Bring Me My Zeppelin

Canada has at last entered the Zeppelin Age, and it looks as if Calgary, Alberta will be the first city to make the leap into an alternate history where people use giant, helium-filled balloons to move stuff around instead of trucks or trains. A Calgary-based company called SkyHook, working with Boeing, has developed… » 7/09/08 3:39pm 7/09/08 3:39pm