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Patent US5090637 - Helium purification system for lighter-than-air aircraft - Google Patents

Patent US5090637 - Helium purification system for lighter-than-air aircraft - Google Patents

airship on water - Google Search

airship on water - Google Search

Given how paradigmatic airplanes have become, though, it's easy to forget how similarly paradigmatic airships once were. If technology is a kind of Darwinian race, dirigibles and their counterparts spent a long time, actually, winning. In the 1930s, as the Empire State Building grew beam by beam and slab by slab, people awaited -- and expected -- a future that would find them voyaging and dining and sleeping and dancing in the sky.

Given how paradigmatic airplanes have become, though, it's easy to forget how similarly paradigmatic airships once were. If technology is a kind of Darwinian race, dirigibles and their counterparts spent a long time, actually, winning. In the 1930s, as the Empire State Building grew beam by beam and slab by slab, people awaited -- and expected -- a future that would find them voyaging and dining and sleeping and dancing in the sky.

First World War, aerial war. A French zeppelin/airship under attack from a German plane. 1915. (Nationaal Archive)

First World War, aerial war. A French zeppelin/airship under attack from a German plane. 1915. (Nationaal Archive)

U.S, Navy Submarine USS Poacher (SS-406) rescuing a disabled ZP2K airship.

U.S, Navy Submarine USS Poacher (SS-406) rescuing a disabled ZP2K airship.

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