Goodyear president Paul Litchfield dreamed of building luxury passenger airships beginning in the 1920s, and Goodyear was involved in almost every proposal for airship transportation including the International Zeppelin Transport Company of 1929, the Pacific Zeppelin Transport Corporation, and American Zeppelin Transport, Inc.
Litchfield maintained his enthusiasm even after World War II and offered his vision of a lighter-than-air future in a 1945 book co-authored with Goodyear publicist Hugh Allen that asked the question, WHY? Why has America no Rigid Airships?
These drawings from Hugh Allen’s The Story of the Airship (1931) imagined an Art Deco dining salon, promenade, and even a lounge with a fireplace.
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