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December 11, 2007

Airship/Dirigible and Zeppelin Postcards


Above: A great B&W photo, that says “Nulli Secundus, The British Army Airship", it was used in Sidmouth England in 1907 w/ a Postage Due Marking. It is a great view!

"An airship or dirigible is a buoyant lighter than air aircraft that can be steered and propelled through the air using rudders and propellers. Unlike other aircraft such as planes and helicopters, which produce lift by moving a wing or airfoil through the air, aerostatic aircraft, such as airships and hot air balloons, stay aloft by filling a large cavity, such as a balloon, with a lighter than air gas."

"The three main types of airship are blimps, semi-rigid airships and rigid airships. Blimps are small airships without internal skeletons. Semi-rigid airships are slightly larger than blimps and have some form of internal support such as a fixed keel. Rigid airships with a full skeleton, such as the massive Zeppelin transoceanic models, are now a thing of the past."

"Airships were the first aircraft to make controlled, powered flight. They were widely used prior to the 1940s. Their use decreased over time as their capabilities were surpassed by those of airplanes. A series of high-profile accidents, including the 1937 burning of the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg near Lakehurst, New Jersey, furthered their decline."

Above Right: Postcard from a W.W. I German Aviation Series with a Zeppelin. It is signed by the artist Schulze.

Left: A British printed photo, that says “The First English Airship, Crystal Palace” # 1325, with Mellin’s Food Adv. on Airship. Great Card!

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