The Crossroads of the Aether
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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.
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
Helium is sold by the US Government for 1.5 cents per cubic foot; annual production is about 5 million cubic feet. In bulk, it is sold in 2500 psi cylinders, each containing 5600 cubic feet of helium when released. A few industrial-scale users within the US receive helium in tanks 40' long, 4' in diameter, sent four to a flatcar -- each tank contains 200,000 cubic feet of helium. A transatlantic dirigible voyage results in the loss of about 5% of the lifting gas (more or less depending on conditions, construction techniques, and crew skill). Hydrogen is usually produced at airship bases as needed, rather than being stored in large quantities.
LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin
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The first powered flying machine: http://www.space.com/16623-first-powered-airship.html
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