These days we associate Airships with football matches as the smooth flight of the ship enables camera crews to take long and steady overhead shots of stadiums.
But there was a time in the 1930s when they were state of the art travel ships. If you wanted to get from Europe to the Americas you could either get a boat or go there twice as fast cruising in on a liner-esque Zeppelin.
Sadly, the Airship’s stint as the poster boys of inter continental travel didn’t last very long. The Hindenburg disaster put the public off travelling in the skies and then WW2 came and any remaining ships were put to good use chasing U-Boats.
For me though there is something wonderfully romantic and beautiful about the airships. They were the Art Deco fleet of the skies - graceful, modern and, like many things from that era – doomed.
Here then are a series of stunning images from the Airship’s golden age, along with a story or two about how they came to be.
Incidentally if you want to travel by Airship, you still can here.
ZP-14 US Blimp looking for U-Boats
Towards the end of the WW2 the US built a series of airships designed to sniff out and destroy U-Boats. This is the ZP-14, one of its K Class ships at Gibraltar in 1944.