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Airship: Design, Development and Disaster

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Airship charts the history of lighter-than-air craft from the continental pioneers of the late 19th century through to European airship stations in the Great War, Germany's pre-eminent commercial and military zeppelins, the construction of British behemoths R100 and its sister ship R101 and the calamitous losses of USS Akron in 1933 and LZ129 Hindenburg in 1937, events whi ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 15th 2012 by US Naval Institute Press (first published August 1st 2012)
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Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, war
Airship: Design, Development and Disaster by John Swinfield is a study of lighter than air ships in Europe and the United States. Swinfield holds a Master of Arts in maritime history has been widely published in newspapers as a reporter before joining ITV and the BBC.

Today the idea of lighter than ships, especially zeppelins, seem rather benign, if at all thought about beyond a great 70's rock band. In World War I, zeppelins flew well above the ceilings of aircraft of the day. They were safe fr
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Airships is design history of airships, also know as dirigibles, with a focus on development in the UK (author Swinfield is a reporter based in the UK). Still, the treatment is fairly well rounded with good coverage of German WWI development and beyond, as well as late innovation in the US with the construction of the very advanced airships Akron and Macon.

One takeaway from the book is that the design and construction of airships is much more complex that conventional wisdom has it! Not only did
Marius Nordby
A very informative, well researched and interesting book, it is not as well written as it could have been, very technical at times, and it quite often repeats itself. Never the less; a must for every airship enthusiast out there.
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