Steampunk Airship Captain
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The brave Steampunk Dirigible Captain with safety goggles and flight suit. A steampunk looking man wearing welders goggles, gloves and a flight suit.
An airship or dirigible is a type of aerostat or lighter-than-air aircraft that can be steered and propelled through the air using rudders and propellers or other thrust mechanisms. Unlike aircraft that use aerodynamics, such as fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters that produce lift by moving an airfoil through the air, aerostatic aircraft stay aloft by having a large "envelope" filled with a lifting gas that is less dense than the surrounding air. In early dirigibles, the lifting gas used was hydrogen, despite widespread concern due to its flammability.
Photography by Edward M. Fielding
The alternative, helium, is nonflammable, but rare in most parts of the world. Large amounts of it were discovered in the United States. Thus, for a while, helium was rarely used for airships outside the United States
November 27th, 2013
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