Airship FAQs:


Q: Is an airship non-rigid?

A: Yes, and semi-rigid, and rigid.

Q: Was an airship severely damaged by a whirlwind while in Botswana?

A: Yes.

Q: Were airships up to the task?

A: Yes.

Q: Was an airship able to complete its mission and return to base?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an airship equal to the buoyant force minus the weight of the airship?

A: Yes.

Q: Are airships called zeppelins?

A: Yes.

Q: Were airships initially immune to attack by aircraft and antiaircraft guns: as the pressure in their envelopes was only just higher than ambient air?

A: Yes, and holes had little effect.

Q: Are airships a type of aerostat?

A: Yes.

Q: Are airships no longer used for major cargo and passenger transport?

A: Yes, and they are still used for other purposes such as advertising, sightseeing, surveillance, research and advocacy.

Q: Were airships originally called dirigible balloons?

A: Yes, and from the French "ballon dirigeable" or shortly "dirigeable" - the name that the inventor Henri Giffard gave to his machine that made its first flight on 24 September 1852.

Q: Are airships used where speed is not critical?

A: Yes.

Q: Was an airship designed to be driven by three propellers and steered with a sail-like aft rudder?

A: Yes.

Q: Were airships the first aircraft capable of controlled powered flight?

A: Yes, and were most commonly used before the 1940s, but their use decreased over time as their capabilities were surpassed by those of aeroplanes.

Q: Is an airship a general term for an aircraft that combines characteristics of heavier-than-air and lighter-than-air technology?

A: Yes.

Q: Was an airship prominently featured in the James Bond film A View to a Kill?

A: Yes, and released in 1985.

Q: Was an airship set in 1917 by the L-55 under the command of Hans-Kurt Flemming when he forced the airship to 7,300 m attempting to cross France after the "Silent Raid" on Londo?

A: Yes, and et in 1917 by the L-55 under the command of Hans-Kurt Flemming when he forced the airship to 7,300 m attempting to cross France after the "Silent Raid" on London.

Q: Were airships each awarded approximately $3 million to do feasibility studies of designs for WALRUS?

A: Yes.

Q: Are airships currently used for heavy lifting?

A: Yes, and hybrid airships are being developed for such purposes.

Q: Were airships suitable for combat and they were quickly pressed into service against Japanese and German submarines which were then sinking American shipping within visual range of the American coast?

A: Yes.

Q: Are airships sometimes flown outdoors?

A: Yes, and doing so for commercial purposes is illegal in the US.

Q: Were airships first flown by Count Zeppelin and the vast majority of rigid airships built were manufactured by the firm he founded?

A: Yes.

Q: Was an airship capable of the service intended?

A: Yes, though the R100 did complete a proving flight to Canada and back in 1930.

Q: Was an airship ever destroyed by U-boat: on the night of 18/19 July 1943?

A: Yes, and a K-class airship from ZP-21 division was patrolling the coastline near Florida.

Q: Were airships produced by the Goodyear factory in Akron?

A: Yes, and Ohio.

Q: Are airships usually referred to as "Zeppelin"?

A: Yes, because of the fame that this company has acquired due to the number of airships it produced.

Q: Were airships obsolete for military purposes in the coming war and concentrated on the development of aeroplanes?

A: Yes, and the United States pursued a program of military airship construction even though it had not developed a clear military doctrine for airship use.

Q: Are airships classified?

A: Yes, and according to their method of construction, into rigid, semi-rigid and non-rigid types.

Q: Are airships heavy haulers?

A: Yes.

Q: Was an airship 1,700 m on the Graf Zeppelin's around-the-world fligh?

A: Yes, and ,700 m on the Graf Zeppelin's around-the-world flight.

Q: Was an airship described by Lieutenant Jean Baptiste Marie Meusnier in a paper entitled "Mémoire sur l’équilibre des machines aérostatiques" presented to the French Academy on 3 December 1783?

A: Yes.

Q: Are airships often called "Blimps"?

A: Yes, Most, but not all, of the American Goodyear airships have been blimps.

Q: Was an airship launched by Vantage Airship?

A: Yes.

Q: Are airships typically unpressurised and can be made to virtually any size?

A: Yes.

Q: Are airships quite involved?

A: Yes.

Q: Were airships so limited that until the advent of the homing torpedo they had little chance of sinking a submarine?

A: Yes.

Q: Are airships only economical when they can transport 500 to 1,000 tons?

A: Yes, and approximately the same as a super-jumbo aircraft.

Q: Is an airship size?

A: Yes, and which is essential to increasing performance.

Q: Is an airship its gas-containing envelope and a gondola or similar structure slung beneath and containing crew and other equipment?

A: Yes.

Q: Were airships built?

A: Yes, and one by a private company, and the other by the Royal Airship Works under Air Ministry control.

Q: Was an airship too vulnerable for operations over the front?

A: Yes.