Vadim Voitekhovitch’s art is proof that everything looks better with airships. It’s hard to pick just a few examples from his DeviantArt profile; all his paintings are gorgeous. Check it out! Continue reading “The Art of Vadim Voitekhovitch”
Norman Bel Geddes was an American industrial designer and futurist who had a major influence on the streamlined Art Deco design of the 1930s and 40s.
Few of Geddes’ designs came to fruition. A notable exception was the General Motors Pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, also known as Futurama.
One of his unrealized designs was “Airliner Number 4,” a nine-deck amphibian airliner that he sketched in 1929. Continue reading “Norman Bel Geddes’ Fantastical Airliner”
The golden age of the airship began around the turn of the last century, when the first Luftschiff Zeppelin — named after the German Count von Zeppelin who pioneered the construction of rigid airships — was launched.
The possibility that airships might be used in war was quickly recognized. George Griffith’s The Angel of the Revolution (1893) has airship bombing Russia’s major cities. H.G. Wells’ The War in the Air (1908) describes the obliteration of entire fleets by aerial attack. Continue reading “Airships in War: Not So Successful in the Real World”
Although airships are popular in steampunk, their heydays came during the era that is more typically associated with dieselpunk. They shared the skies with that other novelty, the aeroplane. Both coexist elegantly in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004).
Planes represent adventure and perhaps a tad of recklessness. Airships exhale confidence and grandeur. They represent an era that was characterized by progress and great confidence in it. Continue reading “Airships: True Liners of the Skies”
Today’s featured product is Krukrustudio’s Military Dirigible Purse, aka, The Blimp Bag.
For the zeppelin-loving steampunks and dieselpunks among us (and who isn’t?), here’s an unisex bag shaped like one of the most iconic things from both ‘punk genres.
Half a decade before the first experiments of the Wright Brothers, a wave of unlikely airship sightings spread across the American Midwest in an incident that has become known as the Great Airship Scare. It was America’s first big UFO craze. Continue reading “The Great Airship Scare”
A little-known chapter in the history of aeronautics is the attempt to reach the North Pole by airship. Continue reading “To the Pole by Balloon”