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Nostalgic Association Concerning Airships (NACA)


Nostalgic Association Concerning Airships (NACA)

To undertake, promote, and encourage research and discussion on all things concerning Airships. Particularly on the Science, History, and Future of Airship flight with a view to the Factual or the Fantasy... ...and all in the Spirit of Steam.

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K-Class Navy Blimp

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01 Goodyear Puritan ZNP-K Blimp GondolaGoodyear Puritan ZNP-K K-28…Continue

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Rotory Wing Aircraft

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Berliner HelicopterMr. Emile Berliner began experimenting with vertical flight aircraft in the early 1900's, with a successful recorded tethered flight around 1909. He and his son Henry developed…Continue

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Russian (Soviet) Airships

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Comment by Captain on February 27, 2015 at 2:14pm

This is an excellent collection of airship photographs: 

Comment by Captain on February 27, 2015 at 11:35am
Comment by Captain on February 27, 2015 at 11:17am

The first biplane "buzzing" of downtown Juneau, AK in 1920 by the Blackwolf Squadron. 


Brig. Gen. William (Billy) Mitchell, 1879-1936, had served in Alaska with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1901 and 1903.

Comment by Captain on February 27, 2015 at 11:12am
Comment by Captain on January 27, 2015 at 4:52pm

A nice site about airships: 

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Comment by Captain on July 31, 2014 at 11:41am
“Santa Claus Express” Goodyear Airship, 1925

National Air and Space Museum

“Santa Claus Express” Goodyear Airship, 1925

Smithsonian Snapshot celebrates the Christmas season with this 1925 photo of Goodyear’s “Santa Claus Express” airship from the National Air and Space Museum.

In the 1920s, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Akron, Ohio, built a fleet of small civil airships that were used to demonstrate the value of lighter-than-air flight and to train future airship pilots. One of those airships, “Pilgrim I,” was the first designed for inflation with helium.

In 1925, “Pilgrim 1” was renamed the “Santa Claus Express” and used for toy delivery. In the photograph shown here, Pilgrim’s pilot Carl Wollam holds the gondola door for Santa, portrayed by Goodyear employee Jack Yolton.

Comment by Captain on July 28, 2014 at 11:22am
The Ice Balloon

S.A. Andree And The Heroic Age Of Arctic Exploration


This is the book that made me realize why I don't particularly need literary fiction. Which seems like an odd recommendation, until you delve into Alec Wilkinson's spare, gorgeous, horrifying account of the 19th century polar exploration craze and realize he has as much to say about human nature as any guy from Brooklyn. The story centers on Swedish explorer S.A. Andrée, who got it into his head that a balloon (in this case hydrogen, rather than hot air) would be the ideal way to survey the North Pole in speed and late-Victorian comfort. Andrée appears to have been a man who never let circumstances change his opinions, and "nothing that interested him was beyond his ability to have an opinion about it." Needless to say, things don't end well for Andrée and his crew; but Wilkinson situates their doomed quest beautifully in an era of explorers who sought the sublime, the sacred and the terrifying in the icy, dark-starred Arctic wastes.

-- , editor, NPR Books


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