Sky Ships

A History of the Airship in the United States Navy, 25th Anniversary Edition
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Published:February 15, 2016
By William F. Althoff (Author)

Originally published in 1990, Sky Ships is easily the most comprehensive history of U.S. Navy airships ever written. The Naval Institute Press is releasing this new edition— complete with two hundred new photographs—to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the book’s publication.

Impressed by Germany’s commercial and military Zeppelins, the United States initiated its own airship program in 1915. Naval Air Station Lakehurst in New Jersey was homeport for several of the largest machines ever to navigate the air. The success of the commercial rigid airship peaked in 1936 with transatlantic round trips between Central Europe and the Americas by Hindenburg and by Graf Zeppelin— ending with the infamous fire in 1937. That setback, the onset of war, and the accelerated progress of heavier-than-air technology ended rigid airship development. The Navy continued to use blimps to protect Allied shipping during World War II. Following the war, the Navy persisted with efforts to integrate the airships, but the program was finally discontinued in the early 1960s.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Aircraft Reference
  • Paperback : 336 pages
  • Illustrations: 240 b/w photos; 3 b/w maps; 2 b/w line drawings
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (February 15, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 159114213X
  • ISBN-13: 9781591142133
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 X 10.875 in
  • Shipping Weight: 26.4 oz

William F. Althoff is a geologist and historian of naval aviation and science in the Arctic. His publications include scientific papers, articles, and six books. He was Ramsey Fellow in Naval Aviation History at the National Air and Space Museum in 1999–2000 and then research associate in 2000–02.

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