Video of this morning’s Airlander incident

by Dan Grossman on August 24, 2016

Video of this morning’s Airlander incident:

I have some additional information from sources at Cardington and elsewhere that I will post when, and if, permitted to discuss publicly.




Happy July Fourth, America!

by Dan Grossman on July 4, 2016

July 4 Airship


The Wonderful Airship Fantasy of Grey Goose Vodka

by Dan Grossman on May 14, 2016

Once again an airship is used as the ultimate symbol of dreamy happiness, this time by Grey Goose vodka.

When you want people to feel uplifted, summon an airship.


Happy Mother’s Day from the Goodyear Blimp

by Dan Grossman on May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day Goodyear Blimp I Love You Mom

The Goodyear Blimp wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day.


Hindenburg Disaster Anniversary – May 6, 1937

by Dan Grossman on May 6, 2016

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Every year on May 6, at 7:25 PM Eastern time, I drink several toasts on the anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster. Here are some photos from last year.

Take a moment this evening to remember those who built this great ship, those who flew her, and those who lost their lives.

To the memory of the airship in better times…


To the memory of the man who made it all possible…

Hindenburg disaster tribute to Hugo Eckener

And in memory of those who lost their lives.

Hindenburg disaster tribute to those who lost their lives


Titanic and Hindenburg

April 14, 2016

People often compare R.M.S. Titanic and A.S. Hindenburg; there was even a film called Hindenburg: Titanic of the Skies. But while both are best remembered for their dramatic disasters, were about the same size, these two passenger ships otherwise had little in common. On the anniversary of the sinking of Titanic — April 14-15, 1912 —  a brief comparison of the two ships. Titanic: […]

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In Memoriam: U.S.S. Akron – April 4, 1933

April 4, 2016
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U.S.S. Akron, lost at sea April 4, 1933. The crash of U.S.S. Akron was the deadliest airship disaster in history, killing 73 men; there were only three survivors.

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U.S.S. Los Angeles lifts navy ship into the air

April 1, 2016

An April Fool’s joke from the 5 April 1931 issue of the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung.

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Video Trailer for “AIRSHIPS: Designed for Greatness”

January 24, 2016

A video trailer about Max Pinucci’s stunning new book. For information about ordering, email me at

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2016 Goodyear Airship Calendar Giveaway

December 31, 2015

To celebrate the New Year, is giving away a 2016 Goodyear Airship Calendar produced by the great folks at the Airship International Press. To enter, visit the Facebook page and add a comment to the post about the calendar giveaway. You can say anything you like: “I want one,” “I love the Goodyear Blimp,” anything […]

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Merry Christmas, Friends

December 25, 2015
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New Book about the Airship Roma Disaster

December 22, 2015

A new book about the 1922 airship Roma disaster will be published soon. The Roma was a United States Army airship built by Umberto Nobile; the ship ignited when it hit high-tension electrical wires near Langley Field at Hampton Roads, Virginia, killing 34 of the ship’s 45 crew members. The Roma crash was just one of many hydrogen airship […]

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Lady Grace Drummond-Hay’s 1928 Christmas Card

December 22, 2015

Lady Grace Hay Drummond-Hay’s 1928 Christmas card. Lady Drummond-Hay mailed these cards shortly after her first zeppelin flight in October, 1928, when she a passenger on the first transatlantic flight of LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin from Germany to America. A true zeppelin pioneer, Grace Drummond-Hay was also a passenger on Graf Zeppelin’s 1929 Round-the-World flight and Hindenburg’s maiden flight from Germany to the […]

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Santa Rides the Goodyear Blimp

December 21, 2015

Santa traded his sleigh for a Goodyear blimp in 1925. Santa Claus delivered his toys that year aboard Pilgrim, Goodyear’s first advertising blimp, which also served as Goodyear’s first Santa Claus Express. Goodyear’s Christmas generosity continues to this day, supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Last year Santa received his latest upgrade, to Goodyear’s newest airship: a Zeppelin NT named […]

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Beautiful New Book: “AIRSHIPS: Designed for Greatness”

December 19, 2015

A stunningly beautiful new book about airships has just been published. AIRSHIPS: Designed for Greatness is the work of Italian artist Max Pinucci, who created detailed, accurate, and beautiful illustrations of the world’s most famous airships, along with infographics explaining airship routes, performance, dimensions, and more. AIRSHIPS is available for $160 plus $30 shipping. The book […]

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Queen Mary and Hindenburg: A Detailed Comparison

December 10, 2015
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For a brief moment in history — in the year 1936 — passengers who wanted to cross the Atlantic had an astounding choice: five days of luxury on R.M.S. Queen Mary, the world’s largest ocean liner, or two days of speed on Hindenburg, the world’s fastest transatlantic passenger aircraft. I recently sat down with maritime historian […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015
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November 21: The Birthday of Human Flight

November 21, 2015

On November 21, 1783, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes, flew over Paris for 25 minutes in a hot air balloon built by the Montgolfier brothers. It was the first manned flight in history. Happy Birthday!

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Happy Airship Halloween

October 31, 2015
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There is NOT a military blimp on the loose

October 28, 2015

Despite widespread but incorrect reports of a “military blimp” on the loose, the JLENS balloon that broke free from its tether is not a blimp. A blimp is a powered, steerable lighter-than-air vessel. JLENS is an aerostat; a tethered balloon that is neither powered nor steerable. Like any other helium balloon, if the string breaks, it just floats […]

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