rigid airship


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rigid airship

A type of dirigible that has a rigid framework to maintain its shape at all times. See airship.
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Aeros, a new variety of rigid airship, has begun "float testing" inside a California hangar .
The R101 rigid airship was built in the late 1920s as Britain's answer to the German zeppelin and housed in a massive shed near Bedford.
Shenandoah spent her first year flying around the eastern United States, giving the American people a look at the rigid airship and providing training for her crew.
The well-publicized crash would effectively end the use of rigid airship for commercial travel, but the Navy's interest in the airships did not vanish completely in the flames.
This modern instance of competition between international joint ventures recalls the circumstances more than fifty years ago when rigid airship (or dirigible) construction was in the vanguard of airborne materials technology, and when the efforts to build dirigibles in Germany, England, and the United States inaugurated the use of high-strength aluminum as the dominant structural material in aircraft.
A rigid airship (or "dirigible") has an internal framework as exemplified by the German airships Graf Zeppelin and Hindenberg.