Dirigible Dreams: The Age of the Airship

Dirigible Dreams: The Age of the Airship

by C. Michael Hiam



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611685602
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

C. MICHAEL HIAM, PhD, is the author of A Monument to Deceit: Sam Adams and the Vietnam Intelligence Wars and Eddie Shore and That Old Time Hockey. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2 •Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8

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Dirigible Dreams: The Age of the Airship 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Informative and entertaining.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
This was a giveaway from Goodreads. And I was tickled to get it! Dirigibles has always seemed more romantic that other air travels. Of course, there is nothing romantic about exploding in the sky.... Air ships in the beginning were propelled by hydrogen, extremely flammable. It was found that helium was not quite as effective, with a reduced lift capacity, but is not a flammable gas. But like oil products, helium was a finite resource, and not practical. The United States pretty much had a monopoly on helium, and we needed what we had for our own naval air ships. This book covers the growth and decline of dirigibles world wide, from the 1901 competition for the Deutsch Prize of 100,000 that went to the first competitor to follow a set route in Paris in a limited amount of time. As with the Orteig Prize in 1927 won by Charles Lindbergh and the Ansari prize in 2004 won by Virgin Galactic this competition opened the market for private industry in the dirigible industry. C Michael Hiam has written a very precise, extremely readable history of the air ships from 1897 until the end of their use by the U S Navy and the completion of the Graf Zepplin in 1938. The photographs are clear and precise, the prose is electric. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in air travel.