Sky Sailors: The Story of the World's Airshipmen

Sky Sailors: The Story of the World's Airshipmen

by Ces Mowthorpe

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Overview

The stories of the men who pioneered a mode of air transport that today is virtually forgotten features first-hand accounts by airshipmen from England, Germany, Italy, and the United States
 
During the period 1890 to 1910, airshipmen greatly outnumbered airplane pioneers, but aircraft innovations, two World Wars, and airship disasters brought the time of the airship to an end. The exploits of these intrepid men are placed on record in this account beginning in 1890s Paris, moving on to examine the blimps and zeppelins of World War I, interwar developments, America's use of massive airships to carry aircraft and smaller airships for anti-submarine patrols in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II, civilian operators, and the fatal disasters of the Hindenberg, R101, and Shenandoah. This fascinating and fully illustrated study will inspire and appeal to all with an interest in aviation history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752458793
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ces Mowthorpe was the author of Battlebags: British Airships of the First World War and an active member of Cross and Cockade, the society of World War I aviation historians.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface x

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 The Pioneers 1

Chapter 2 1914 9

Chapter 3 The RNAS in the First World War 16

Chapter 4 The Final War Years 32

Chapter 5 British Rigid Airships 1917-19 43

Chapter 6 German Airshipmen 71

Chapter 7 Zeppelins Between the Wars 94

Chapter 8 Triumph and Tragedy in the Arctic 108

Chapter 9 American Airshipmen 120

Chapter 10 Aftermath of the Second World War 142

Chapter 11 Small Civilian Operators 147

Chapter 12 Conclusion 154

Appendix 1 Airship Sheds 157

Appendix 2 Mooring-Out Sites 162

Appendix 3 Lz-127, The Graf Zeppelin 166

Bibliography & Sources 172

Index 173

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