An airship or dirigible balloon is a type of aerostat or lighter-than-air aircraft that can navigate through the air under its own power. Aerostats gain their lift from large gas bags filled with a lifting gas that is less dense than the surrounding air.

In early dirigibles, the lifting gas used was hydrogen, due to its high lifting capacity and ready availability. Helium gas has almost the same lifting capacity and is not flammable, unlike hydrogen, but is rare and relatively expensive. Significant amounts were first discovered in the United States and for a while helium was only used for airs

Airborn (Matt Cruse, #1)
Skybreaker (Matt Cruse, #2)
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
Starclimber (Matt Cruse, #3)
The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)
The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)
Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay, #1)
Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles, #1)
The Goblin Emperor (The Goblin Emperor, #1)
Goliath (Leviathan, #3)
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
Heart of Steel (Iron Seas, #2)
Dreadnought (The Clockwork Century, #2)
Clementine (The Clockwork Century, #1.1)

Jasper Fforde
There is no point in expending good money on the pursuit of an engine that can power aircraft without propellers. What is wrong with airships anyway? They have borne mankind aloft for over a hundred relatively accident-free years and I see no reason to impugn their popularity...
Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair

Meg Merriet
Soaring at this altitude, I saw Elsace as something so much cleaner. Lakes turned to puddles, cities into toys. The squalor of the slums went invisible and everything smelled fresh like rain. It was one of the reasons I loved the Wastrel. I felt so far away from all that misery down below.
Meg Merriet, Sky Song Overture

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