Why The Airship Was A Design Disaster – Cheddar Explains

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Airships were once believed to be the future of human flight. Even with competition from airplanes, airships remained the preferred form of air travel up until the early 1940s. So why did they fall out of favor so quickly and which flaws ultimately made them a design disaster?

Further Reading:

Empires of the Sky by Alexander Rose
https://www.amazon.com/Empires-Sky-Zeppelins-Airplanes-World/dp/081298997X

BBC
https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20141126-the-airship-that-ruled-the-skies

History.com
https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-air-raid-on-britain

Zeppelin History
http://www.zeppelinhistory.com/rigid-airships-history/history-of-rigid-airships/

National Balloon Museum
https://www.nationalballoonmuseum.com/about/history-of-ballooning/

Foreign Policy
https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/02/29/blimps-hindenburg-flying-whales-airships/

Smithsonian
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/hot-air-balloon-travel-for-the-luxury-traveler-of-the-1800s-496002/

Popular Mechanics
https://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/a28925834/airships-hindenburg-

Air and Space
https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/lost-balloons-depicting-dangers-early-ballooning

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