Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

The Goodyear company has announced that it's replacing it's fleet of blimps for a semi-rigid hybrid made by ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik. Here's an article on it.


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Comment by Larry on May 10, 2011 at 1:39pm
You're absolutely right about steam powered airships, Cap'n. My understanding is that there were a few attempts in the 19th century, such as the one built by Henri Giffard in 1852, but they just couldn't get around the problem of power/ weight ratio. The heavy steam engines just couldn't put out the necessary power to push the airships. Add to the fact that they were blimps. Semi-rigid and rigid airships, both of which came into their own in the 20th century, are much more efficient.
Comment by Cap'n Tony on May 10, 2011 at 1:02pm

Yes, William, they are. They're also considering manned rigid-hull airships for comand & control vehicles since the dwell-time over the battlefield will be superb.


And Joe, I'm afraid the only Steam Powered Airships are to be found in the pages of Steampunk. All historical airships I'm aware of were diesel powered. Steam/coal is just too heavy and bulky.

Comment by Larry on May 6, 2011 at 7:56pm
Joe, I agree about the obnoxious paint but I don't understand about the internal combustion issue. I don't see this as a Steampunk but more as a Dieselpunk issue.
Comment by William on May 6, 2011 at 10:28am

i read an a article in a popular science magazine about the u.s. government using unmanned blimps in the future as a transport


Comment by joetraincool on May 5, 2011 at 11:27pm
Not good enough, simply because 1. They have that obnoxious paint scheme and logo, 2. it is only semirigid, and 3. it runs on internal combustion. This is just a false start, unfortunately.
Comment by Lawren H.B. on May 5, 2011 at 9:27pm



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