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Design, Development and Disaster
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591140344
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Era: 20th Century
  • Number of Pages: 352
  • Subject: Aviation
  • Date Available: December 2012
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Airship charts the history of lighter-than-air craft from the continental pioneers of the late 19th century through to European airship stationsin the Great War, Germany's pre-eminent commercial and military zeppelins, the construction of British behemoths R100 and its sistership R101 and the calamitous losses of US Akron in 1933 and LZ129 Hindenburg in 1937, events which ultimately heralded the end of largescale airship production. The historical development of airships is seen to be protracted and fractious, as the armed forces of leading European countries and the U.S. explored commercial applications while trying to develop them for military use.

John Swinfield is a former Fleet Street and BBC/ITV reporter and producer with Nationwide (BBC1) and The Money Programme (BBC2). He lives in England.

~ Praise for Airship ~

“A scholarly and in-depth following of the history…A must for anyone with a curiosity of these first aircraft, highly recommended.”

The Midwest Book Review, June 2013

Airship is a great book about the somewhat sad history of airships….Airship is an interesting book that tells an important and quite intriguing story, but the focus is much narrower than the title and the dust jacket for the book indicate. It draws on original sources and interviews along with official documents, and is well illustrated and documented via footnotes with references. Overall, it is a book for readers especially interested in the British airship program. I especially liked the many descriptions of the main characters and personalities that drove the development of this exciting technology.”

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