An elegant silk balloon wafting through the French skies of 1783 heralded the beginnings of air travel, and part of that legacy was the dirigible, or steerable balloon. Dirigiables have been in constant use for more than 100 years and possess a varied and often singular history. Employed for pleasure, war, exploration, and travel, these "ships of the air" evolved into forms as different as the German zeppelins of World War I and the blimps hovering overhead at present day sporting event.
In text and striking paintings, including the Hindenberg and Graf Zeppelin, "Ships of the Air" traces the intriguing development of these stately craft, creating an evocative picture of one aspect of man's search for the secret of flight.
Although this 32 page hard cover book, published in 1996 by author Lynn Curlee, is in an "easy reading" format for a young audience, adults, aviation, and airline enthusiasts will also enjoy the vivid illustrations and fascinating text! Please Click On Image For A Closer Look!