In 1908 the English novelist H. G. Wells could imagine an armada of German dirigibles crossing the Atlantic to devastate New York City.
I'd always been fascinated by those giant silver dirigibles , having seen the Graf Zeppelin cruising over Los Angeles and once getting a ride in the little old Goodyear ‘Volunteer’ blimp NCBA in 1936.
One of helium's better-known, but less commercially important, applications is in lighter-than-air craft, such as dirigibles , and in weather and research balloons.
Committees, for example, investigated numerous reports of black German dirigibles floating over the mountains of western Montana spying, apparently, on the state's sheep and cattle herds.
It chronicled the efforts of a group of visionaries - or cranks, take your pick - to bring back lighter than air flight, i.e., dirigibles .
My neighbors and my community have lobbied our elected officials, written countless letters to the editor, and done everything short of flying dirigibles over our houses to divert the planes and what have we gotten in return?
The US Navy lost interest after two enormous dirigibles , equipped with unique little biplane fighters that hung on hooks below them, went down at sea with the loss of all hands.
Their society is technologically advanced, and vast dirigibles called aëro: cruisers carry diplomatic missions to other citadels; yet a core of unscientific superstition still persists.
Later, Lewis guns loaded with incendiary bullets and mounted on the famous Sopwith Camel biplanes, helped bring down hydrogen-filled German Zeppelin dirigibles that had been terrorizing English cities.
The first of the great long-distance passenger dirigibles , the Graf Zeppelin, went into service in 1928.