Autoevelution: H2 Clipper Airship Could Make Airborne Hydrogen Great Again

By Daniel Patrascu / autoevelution.com

If you look up at the sky these days, all you’ll see are airplanes, helicopters and drones. Depending on a variety of factors, including location and state of mind, you might also see the Goodyear blimp flying about, or some alien spacecraft. What you will not see are full-fledged airships, carrying people to their destination in style and slow enough for them to be able to enjoy the trip and scenery from above.

Airships are a breed of machines from a time long gone. Back in the early days of aviation, they came as a sort of a weird mix between balloons (they looked like that, only longer) and the ships you see sailing on seas. Tracing their roots to the late 1800s, they were simple and stylish, and would have probably lived on to our day, despite the rise of jet aircraft, had it not been for that tragic event history recorded as the Hindenburg disaster.

Built in pre-war Germany as the largest aircraft to be made back then, the Hindenburg class of airships, which comprised the Hindenburg and Graf Zeppelin, were capable of carrying some 50 passengers and 40 crew to trans-Atlantic distances, and in utter luxury even by today’s standards.

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