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The Giant Airships


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By: Douglas Botting and the Editors of Time-Life Books


The Giant Airships is a Time-Life aviation book included in the Epic of Flight Series.

The airplane had not yet been invented and, more than 100 years after its invention, balloons could not get to anyone’s door unless the wind was exactly right.

The Giant Airships

The challenge was to build a dirigible that was streamlined enough to move easily through the air, large enough to lift a practical payload of men and machinery, sturdy enough not to buckle in mid-flight and with a power source sufficient to navigate.

Count von Zeppelin’s ingenuity, perseverance and experiments began the age of the giant airships. His mammoth airships brought the miracle of long-distance air travel.

World War I missions of the giant airships are also discussed.

The Giant Airships book is one volume included in the Time-Life Epic of Flight series.

Epic of Flight: The Giant Airships
Book Contents

Chapter                                                                         Page             

1          The Count’s unshakable dream                                     17
2          Wartime missions for nocturnal monsters                                   51
3          Probing new horizons of distance flight                          75
4          Touring the world on “the ship with a soul”                                109
5          Crescendo and calamity                                                            139


The Giant Airships book: 180 pgs w/Index, hardbound w/dust jacket, 9.25 x 11.25, b&w and color photographs & illustrations.


The Giant Airships

ISBN Number: 1-84447-040-7

Item Number: 1165

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