The Anatomy of an Airship

I have been writing Steam Punk for years. My hero has an airship and this article has been very interesting to me both to add realism to my story and just for historical interest. Of course, my heroes airship has giraffe nets…just in case.

My Literary Quest

Lately I’ve had a huge interest in steampunk and a huge part of steampunk is airships.  Today we shall learn all about the parts of an airship. It’s been a while since I’ve done a glossary post so here it is!

airship1 Steampunk Airship

First the three classes:

Rigid: This include ships like the Hindenburg and have an internal frame that holds a series of gas-filled bags. They are usually long and bullet shaped, often greater than 360 ft.

Semi-rigid: Instead of an internal frame, a semi-rigid airship uses a long metal keel that runs the length of the inside belly of the envelope.  The Norge Italia is a good example and if you look closely in the picture you can see where the keel is attached to the envelope.

Non-rigid: Now the most common modern airship, this class includes the blimps, like the Goodyear blimp. These are less expensive than…

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