Rigid airships flying during World War II? Seems far-fetched to the layperson, if only because popular media has repeated so much miss-information about airships in general – and hydrogen-borne rigid airships in particular. We are going to take a few dozen internet pages here to try and relax those preconceived notions and deal with popular misconceptions.
As we clarify what TV and other media usually sensationalize, muddle or leave out, the reader will learn why Partridge’s ZRS is actually a modestly alternative history. We will propose how, with your participation, we’ll proceed to bring the rigid airship flying aircraft carrier out of grainy old B&W footage onto the 3-D motion picture theater screen. (While TV has milked the cash cow of the LZ-129 “disaster” endlessly, only a small number of films involving LTA have been produced – we complied a list– but very few with good production values about airships in particular.)
So, let’s proceed to learn about the ZRS, both real and imagined: Click on play > icon in the window below for a one-minute video in which author Rowan Partridge will explain his vision.
So, what ifthe three countries’ most famous airship accidents had not happened… ?
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O.K., after all that, you have read enough of the history, and perhaps even the novel that was inspired by the history. Perhaps you are ready to envision a slight additional / revision to the history, just for fun. So, let’s design our movie flying carrier airship: