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)
Starclimber (Matt Cruse, #3)
Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
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

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
The blue distance, the mysterious Heavens, the example of birds and insects flying everywhere —are always beckoning Humanity to rise into the air.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

More quotes...
On the The Steamheart, there is no good. There is not evil. There is only truth and untruth. The…more
4 members, last active 4 years ago
The Lotus War Warriors This is the Group for fans of the epic fantasy series introducing an unforgettable heroine and a…more
10 members, last active 7 years ago
Ask Melissa Ann Conroy about Steampunk Writing Melissa Ann Conroy is a former college writing instructor and a current steampunk author and fre…more
4 members, last active 8 years ago
Strictly Personal Until 2010, a particular (super)human used to live on the Earth. His name was Donald Van Vliet, …more
31 members, last active 2 years ago
Sky Knight - First Chapter
1 chapters — updated May 13, 2015 06:39PM — 0 people liked it
RC Shark
1 chapters — updated Aug 09, 2018 10:28PM — 0 people liked it


Tags contributing to this page include: airships, air-ships, blimp, blimps, dirigible, dirigibles, and zeppelins