Blimps of Future Past

by Amna Ansari

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Traveling from Frankfurt in 1937, the civilian airship Hindenburg burst into flames while landing in New Jersey.

The first rigid airship was invented in 1900 by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin of Germany, and has been used for passenger travel and military surveillance, especially during WWII.  However post-war it was mainly used for advertising, a trend that continues to today.

Now these large airships are making a comeback.   With its ability to land and take off vertically and transport heavy cargo to rough terrain on little fuel, the U.S. military has plans for the Aeroscraft: The U.S. Military’s Prototype for a Flying Submarine