GRACEFUL DINOSAURS OF THE DAWN OF THE AIR AGE
Fabulous airships have seized the popular imagination since DaVinci, with modern fantastic visions ranging from Miyazaki's improbable fixed-wing pirates to the dense lines of humming, glowing traffic weaving through Lucas' Coruscant. In the realm of the real, however, nothing is more fabulous than the world of zeppelins -- silver whales in stately flight among the white clouds of a slower age, brainchild of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. You can read a detailed account of a 1933 flight aboard the Graf Zeppelin from the point of view of a little girl here, or you can read about the life of US Navy man Larry Rodrigues aboard sub-hunting military dirigibles here. Galleries of fairly small, grainy images abound on the net, including this one, this one and this one, which all claim to have "original" photographs though they seem to feature much material in common. And of course even the briefest jaunt through the annals of dirigible history would be incomplete without mention of the famous Goodyear Blimp or the infamous Stealth Blimp.
Also: I'm sick.