Lighter Than Air Aircraft
The celebrated aeronaut found Earth-bound life difficult to navigate.
September 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
Of wind, helium, and hope — plus the occasional disaster.
August 2010 | By Mark Karpel
Flexible blimps are bending the rules on UAV design.
December 18, 2009 | By Michael Klesius
November 2009 | By J.R. Dailey
On this day in 1797, André-Jacques Garnerin made the first high-altitude jump using a parachute, over Parc Monceau in Paris. Garnerin's contraption—a basket suspended from a silk parachute—was cut loose from a balloon at an altitude of 2,000 feet. An eyewitness recalled:
He made a dreadful lurch i...
October 22, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
For balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, the end of one journey marked the beginning of another.
September 17, 2009 | By Linda Shiner
Diagnosis: Collective Panic Attack. Cause: Count von Zeppelin.
July 2009 | By Dan Vergano
July 2009 | By Tom D. Crouch
An illustrated history of balloons and airships.
May 20, 2009 | By Tom D. Crouch
Wondering who wrote the first description of flying over a landscape, I came across this charming passage by Jacques Charles, French scientist and inventor of the hydrogen balloon. Charles wasn't the first to fly—that honor goes to Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes, who fle...
March 04, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Jupiter’s moon Europa is a worthy target for exploration, so don’t get me wrong. It’s good news that NASA and the European Space Agency are going forward with plans for a dual-spacecraft mission to Europa, Ganymede and Jupiter's other moons in 2020. It just means we won’t see balloons flying over S...
February 27, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
March 2008 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
The latest thing in airships.
September 2007 | By Ben Iannotta
Mars, Venus, Titan - wherever there's air, we can explore by balloon.
July 2006 | By Joe Pappalardo
How zeppelin bombers during World War I terrorized the British-and their own German crews.
January 2006 | By Nicholas Nirgiotis
What a satellite can do, balloons can do cheaper.
January 2002 | By T. A. Heppenheimer
From this Naval air station airships hunted U-boats in the Florida Keys.
September 2001 | By John Sotham
First it carried a Japanese bomb 5,000 miles across the Pacific. Then it carried Don Piccard across Minneapolis.
May 2001 | By Don Piccard
Four aircraft so ugly they could only be published on the web...
June 1997 | By Air & Space staff