A newly published history of dining in the sky includes the era of passenger zeppelins.

Food in the Air and Space: The Surprising History of Food and Drink in the Skies discusses dining in the early DELAG airships as well as Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg, and even mentions the military airships of WWI.

I was pleased to help with the book in a small way and the author was kind enough to thank me in the acknowledgments.




Airship Holiday Cards to Share with your Friends

by Dan Grossman on December 22, 2014

Feel free to download and share by email, Facebook, Twitter, or however you choose.

Happy Holidays, Helium Heads!





Santa Rides a Blimp, not a Sleigh

by Dan Grossman on December 21, 2014

In 1925 Santa Claus traded-in his sleigh for an upgrade to the Goodyear blimp Pilgrim and he has been floating rather than sleighing ever since.

Santa Claus with the first Goodyear Blimp. Pilgrim pilot Carl Wollam holds the gondola door for Santa, portrayed by fellow Goodyear pilot Jack Yolton.

Santa Claus with the first Goodyear Blimp, Pilgrim. Pilot Carl Wollam holds the gondola door for Santa, portrayed by fellow Goodyear pilot Jack Yolton. (Photo NASM 7A45388h)

Santa Claus with the first Goodyear Blimp "Pilgrim"

Santa Claus in the Goodyear Blimp “Pilgrim” (photo: Goodyear)

Pilgrim was the first advertising blimp operated by Goodyear and it was loaned to the old man of the North Pole to serve as the Santa Claus Express beginning in 1925.

The first Goodyear Blimp "Pilgrim" as the Santa Claus Express

The first Goodyear Blimp “Pilgrim” as the Santa Claus Express

The tradition of the Santa Claus Express has continued to the present day and now supports the U. S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

This year Santa received his latest sleigh upgrade, to Goodyear’s newest airship: a Zeppelin NT named Wingfoot One.

Santa Claus in Goodyear's newest airship, the Zeppelin NT "Wingfoot One"

Santa Claus in Goodyear’s newest airship, the Zeppelin NT “Wingfoot One” (photo: Goodyear)

Santa Claus in Goodyear's newest airship, the Zeppelin NT "Wingfoot One"

Santa Claus in Goodyear’s newest airship, the Zeppelin NT “Wingfoot One” (photo: Goodyear)




The United States Navy’s MZ-3A airship program has been canceled, according to Lakehurst Operations Manager Rick Zitarosa.

U.S. Navy MZ-3A Blimp

MZ-3A (photo: defenseimagery.mil)

The MZ-3A crew has been furloughed and there is no pressure watch on the ship, which is sitting unattended at Hangar One at Lakehurst.

The ship is a modified American Blimp Corporation A-170 series commercial blimp that has been operated by the U.S. Navy since 2006.

Zitarosa hopes the program can still be saved but said that possibility is not very likely and that the Navy’s decision seems to be final. “My crystal ball is pretty cloudy right now,” Zitarosa said. He praised the ship’s crew as “one of the finest bunch of people you could ever get together to operate an airship. They all watched that ship like mother hens.”

We will be posting more details later, including possibly a guest post by Mr. Zitarosa with more information about the history of MZ-3A and the latest news.

Dan Grossman with U.S. Navy MZ-3A (Photo: JB-MDL Public Affairs)

Airships.net’s Dan Grossman with U.S. Navy MZ-3A (Photo: JB-MDL Public Affairs)


Happy Birthday, Helium Airships!

by Dan Grossman on December 1, 2014

Today is the anniversary of the first flight of a helium airship.

US Navy blimp C-7

On December 1, 1921, the U.S. Navy blimp C-7 took to the skies inflated with helium. The ship was commanded by Lt. Cdr. Ralph F. Wood, assisted by Lt. Cdr. Zachary Lansdowne, Lt. C.E. Bousch, and CMM Farriss. C-7 made several flights from Norfolk, Virginia, beginning on December 1, including a flight to Washington, DC and back.


Pan Am’s China Clipper and the End of the Airship

November 22, 2014

On this day in 1935, Pan American’s China Clipper left San Francisco on the first scheduled mail flight across the Pacific Ocean.  People often say the age of the airship ended with the Hindenburg disaster on May 6, 1937, but it may have ended with the flight of the China Clipper on November 22, 1935. Capable of crossing the […]

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Today is the Birthday of Human Flight

November 21, 2014

Today is the birthday of human flight. On this day in 1783, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes made the first manned flight in history when they flew over Paris for 25 minutes in a hot air balloon built by the Montgolfier brothers. Happy birthday, helium heads!

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Anniversary of the World’s First Airline; November 16, 1909

November 16, 2014

Today is the anniversary of the world’s first airline. DELAG was established on November 16, 1909, and provided passenger service — including the world’s first transatlantic airline service — using zeppelin airships. DELAG was an acronym for Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft, or German Airship Transportation Corporation Ltd. While many of the flights before World War I were local sightseeing tours, the DELAG airship […]

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Great Photo of Goodyear Blimp “Resolute”

November 13, 2014

A great photo of the Goodyear Blimp Resolute taken over Manhattan in August, 1935, by Dr. Alfred “Ted” Hill. My deep thanks to Kent O’Grady for allowing me to share this wonderful photo from his personal collection.

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New York Times Article on Aeroscraft

November 10, 2014

About Igor Pasternak and Aeroscraft, in today’s New York Times: Pursuing a Shipping Revolution as Big as His Airship   

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A Complete Guide to The Goodyear Blimp

November 10, 2014

I have just published The Goodyear Blimp, Today and Yesterday | A Complete Guide to Goodyear’s Advertising Blimps. Please let me know what you think.

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Silly Zeppelin Movie of the Day

November 4, 2014

This is the interior of the zeppelin in the 2006 movie Flyboys. How did the thing ever get off the ground?

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Happy Halloween from Airships.net

October 31, 2014
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Hindenburg Size Comparisons

October 27, 2014

It is hard to imagine just how big the Hindenburg was. Hindenburg and United States Capitol Hindenburg and Boeing 747-400: Hindenburg and Goodyear Blimp (GZ-20A): But then again, Hindenburg needed room for interiors like this:  

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Anniversary of Graf Zeppelin’s First Transatlantic Flight

October 15, 2014

On this day in 1928, LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin arrived at Lakehurst after a 111 hour, 44 minute flight across the Atlantic from Friedrichshafen. Hugo Eckener was in command of the 40-man crew and the 20 passengers included Charles Rosendahl and Lady Grace Drummond-Hay. The ship’s first transatlantic crossing almost ended in disaster when a fin […]

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German crew of LZ-126 after arrival at Lakehurst; 90 years ago today.

October 15, 2014

On this day in 1924, LZ-126 arrived at Lakehurst for delivery to the U.S. Navy, to become U.S.S. Los Angeles (ZR-3). These are two photos from my collection showing the German crew who flew the ship across the Atlantic. LZ-126 had arrived from Germany inflated with hydrogen, which was carefully released so the ship could be operated with […]

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90 Years Ago Today: LZ-126 leaves Germany to become U.S.S. Los Angeles

October 12, 2014

90 years ago today, LZ-126 left Friedrichshafen, Germany to fly across the Atlantic and begin its new life in the United States Navy.  The construction of LZ-126 saved the Zeppelin Company, and U.S.S. Los Angeles (ZR-3) became America’s most successful rigid airship.

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Anniversary of the Hindenburg “Millionaires Flight”

October 9, 2014

The “Millionaires Flight” of the Hindenburg was a 10-1/2 hour cruise over New England on October 9, 1936, for 72 wealthy and influential passengers.  The guests were invited to generate support for a German-American zeppelin service and it was said the passengers had a combined net worth of more than one billion dollars, from which the flight got its nickname. Passengers […]

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