The Achievement of the Airship: A History of the Development of Rigid, Semi-rigid and Non-rigid Airships by Guy Hartcup

The Achievement of the Airship: A History of the Development of Rigid, Semi-rigid and Non-rigid Airships by Guy Hartcup soon to be presented for sale on the fabulous BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Newton Abbot, London, North Pomfret & Vancouver: David & Charles, 1974, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Tables; References;

From the cover: For about 200 years man has sought means to fly. Although in over a century the free balloon was the only successful pioneer form of air craft it was not until the development at the end of the nineteenth century of the internal combustion engine that manned flight became more predictable and less dependent on favourable winds. From the balloon came the airship, which, although developed during the first two decades of the present century alongside what became conventional, heavier-than-air winged craft, seemed at the time to be a potential rival to the ocean liner.

Despite some success in military use during World War I as observation and bombing craft, the ponderous, slow-moving airship presented a good target to ground forces and was clearly at a disadvantage compared with more-manoeuvrable and faster aeroplane. With its long range potential, the airship came into limited commercial use between the wars, but accidents, the ever present threat of fire and explosion where hydrogen was used, vulnerability to bad weather, uncertain viability, and, above all, the emergence of the conventional aircraft as the more practical machine, hastened the demise of the airship. But even today, is there a future for a lighter-than-air craft where speed is not vital, which with nuclear or other modern fuel could be an economic proposition for bulk transport?

In this book Guy Hartcup traces the history of world-wide airship development from its earliest years to American and Russian types of the 1950s and discusses airship potential for the future.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [1] 296 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5½”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I persuade you to have a look at more books within my Transport Air catalogue?

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