Favorite historical airship?

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Favorite historical airship?

Postby Xair » Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:12 pm

What is your favorite historical airship?
Mine is the Norge airship. I love the classical design and the way it looks. Even though there where many delays and harsh weather during the polar expedition, it still managed to successfully do what it intended to do, fly to the North Pole and land. To me, the Norge airship also represents adventurism and the explorer's spirit. I think that the story of the Norge airship and polar expedition could be made into a great film.
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Re: Favorite historical airship?

Postby flyhigh » Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:43 pm

I love the M/N/K class blimps used by the US Navy, with a browning 50 cal machine gun and anti-submarine bombs installed. I also love the layout and look of their cupola's. Probably the most produced blimps in history with good success
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Re: Favorite historical airship?

Postby Adrian » Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:10 am

Graf Zeppelin of course, with Dr. Eckener as captain

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Re: Favorite historical airship?

Postby turtleairships » Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:09 pm

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Re: Favorite historical airship?

Postby Dirigible » Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:50 pm

Hard to say, I love all dirigibles... and the retro airships, but I can acknowledge some designs are outdated.
But for history, I think I would travel on the Graf Zeppelin 8-)
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Re: Favorite historical airship?

Postby AirshipAmbassador » Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:10 pm

My favourite airships are definitely those where you also have access to the interior, thus either a semi rigid like the Norge or the Zodiac or a fully rigid Zeppelin (In Blimps you have the gondola and that's it). I love the really old Airships where you can climb in and out of the interior hull:

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Re: Favorite historical airship?

Postby Czechship » Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:10 pm

The R100.

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Re: Favorite historical airship?

Postby flyhigh » Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:47 pm

Another airship I really like is the LZ 120 Bodensee/Esperia, a great looking medium-sized Zeppelin (in my opinion, the perfect size for an airship)
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Re: Favorite historical airship?

Postby Sean » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:14 am

Mine are the USS Akron and Macon-class. It's their powerful 8 engines and their symmetric placement with a total of 4480 hp (In comparison, the Hindenburg had a total 3400 hp at normal cruise speed) and they also had early vectoring designs for the engines. Also because of their perfect aerodynamic tear drop shape, the beautiful control cars in front and at the back, the docking station for parasite aircraft, the interior and the beautiful duraluminum used everywhere with holes cut in them to reduce weight. Not to forget the revolutionary ring-frame construction and that they had the luxury of being filled with helium. In my opinion they were best looking and most beautiful & fascinating flying machines every created, both could've operated much longer if they had decent weather prediction equipment.

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Re: Favorite historical airship?

Postby yasuo801 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:22 am

I love R101, her design is very beautiful. :)
I also like R-100 design.
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