Video Trailer for “AIRSHIPS: Designed for Greatness”

by Dan Grossman on January 24, 2016

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


2016 Goodyear Airship Calendar Giveaway

by Dan Grossman on 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.

2016 Goodyear Airship Calendar

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 at all (but just one comment per person!) and I will use a random number generator to determine which comment is the winner. The contest closes at the end of the day on Monday, 4 January, 2016.

2016 Goodyear Airship Calendar

While you are thinking about airship items I encourage you to check out the website of the Naval Airship Association; visit their store for a selection of airship items available through the Airship International Press and consider becoming a member.


Merry Christmas, Friends

by Dan Grossman on December 25, 2015

Airship Christmas


New Book about the Airship Roma Disaster

by Dan Grossman on December 22, 2015

A new book about the 1922 airship Roma disaster will be published soon.

Roma book

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.

Burning wreckage of the U.S. Army's hydrogen airship Roma; Norfolk, Virginia - February 21, 1922.

Burning wreckage of the U.S. Army’s hydrogen airship Roma; Norfolk, Virginia – February 21, 1922.

The Roma crash was just one of many hydrogen airship disasters and after the accident the United States government decided never again to inflate an airship with hydrogen.

I am looking forward to reading more about the full story in Ms. Sheppard’s book.


Lady Grace Drummond-Hay’s 1928 Christmas Card

by Dan Grossman on December 22, 2015

Lady Grace Hay Drummond-Hay’s 1928 Christmas card.

Lady Grace Drummond-Hay's 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.

Grace Drummon-Hay and Karl von Wiegand in control car of LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin

Grace Drummond-Hay and Karl von Wiegand in control car of LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin

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 United States in May, 1936.


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. The book is impressively sized at 46,5 cm x 29 cm […]

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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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Today in History: The airship America and the First Attempt to Fly the Atlantic

October 15, 2015

On October 15, 1910, Walter Wellman’s airship America departed Atlantic City, New Jersey on the first attempt in history to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air. In honor of this anniversary I have just published a detailed account of the airship and its flight.

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An Airship Tuberculosis Hospital

September 30, 2015

In the days before antibiotics, the only treatment for tuberculosis was sunlight, clean air, and good food. What better place than an airship? Before the 1940s, physicians would send their TB patients to a sanatorium in the mountains or desert in places like Switzerland, Scandinavia, the Rocky Mountains, or the southwestern United States. The July 1930 issue of Popular […]

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New “Hindenburg Cocktail” Recipe and a Tribute to Café de Abejas

September 15, 2015

I can’t believe it took me two years to stumble across the cocktail recipe published by Café de Abejas, a band from Helsinki, but I am glad I did! The band created their own recipe for a drink they named “Pauline’s Cherry Lips,” inspired by the “Kirschwasser martini” improvised by Hindenburg passenger Pauline Charteris when the […]

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Ed Regis Responds to Book Review of “Monsters”

September 14, 2015

I am very pleased to present this guest post by Ed Regis, in which he responds to my review of his recently-published Monsters: The Hindenburg Disaster and the Birth of Pathological Technology. I was very flattered to read such a glowing review of my book, and was equally glad to see your critical assessment of […]

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Book Review: “Monsters” by Ed Regis

September 13, 2015

A wonderful new book about the Hindenburg disaster has just been published. Monsters: The Hindenburg Disaster and the Birth of Pathological Technology, is a reappraisal of the large rigid airship by science writer Ed Regis, who argues that the very concept of a hydrogen-inflated passenger airship was flawed from the beginning and an example of […]

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Toto’s Zeppelin – Restaurant and Lounge

September 9, 2015

Toto’s Zeppelin was a supper club designed like an airship, even copying the design and furniture of the passenger lounge on the Hindenburg. Located between Holyoke and Northampton, Massachusetts, Toto’s offered a restaurant, cocktail lounge, and dance floor, and operated from 1935 until it was destroyed by fire in November, 1938.

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This day in 1925: Loss of U.S.S. Shenandoah

September 3, 2015

On this day in 1925, the U.S.S. Shenandoah crashed in Ohio during a storm, destroyed by politics as much as the weather. Fourteen officers and sailors were killed in the disaster. A service commemorating the loss will be held this Sunday in Ava, Ohio.

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Today in 1930: First Flight of Soviet Airship “Komsomol’skaya Pravda”

August 29, 2015

A guest post by Alexey Belokrys. *********** On 29 August 1930, near Moscow, one of the earliest Soviet airships “Komsomol’skaya Pravda” (Комсомoльская прaвда) took off for her maiden flight. After a one-hour flight over Moscow she successfully landed. For the decade of the 1920s the Soviet state refrained from building airships. Neither the Red Army neither the […]

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