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If you ve ever dreamed of a steampunk universe this is the book for you It tells the story of the attempt to redevelop an airship that combines an airplane and a zeppelin Also some of the history of the airship, starting with the American Civil war. [[ Free ]] ⇱ The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed ↡ This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airship huge, wingless, moving slowly through the lower sky John McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft s sucessive progenitors Land Degradation And Society a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airship huge From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture In and Out of Africa wingless Nocturnum: Long Shades moving slowly through the lower sky John McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft s sucessive progenitors I m not sure that a reader without a modicum of technical knowledge concerning aviation a working vocabulary of aeronautics and an understanding of the rudiments of flying would enjoy this as much as I did My father is a retired aeronautical engineer, a lifelong model airplane designer builder racer, a private pilot, and the the one who taught me my first word airplane , and I ve been flying in and fascinated by small planes my whole life, with one flight lesson to my credit as well, so I m not sure that a reader without a modicum of technical knowledge concerning aviation a working vocabulary of aeronautics and an understanding of the rudiments of flying would enjoy this as much as I did My father is a retired aeronautical engineer, a lifelong model airplane designer builder racer, a private pilot, and the the one who taught me my first word airplane , and I ve been flying in and fascinated by small planes my whole life, with one flight lesson to my credit as well, so I am predisposed to enjoy this account of the rise and fall of the idea of a radical, experimental flying machine sans wings the Aereon 26.But even a reader with just the barest interest in the subject matter treated upon here should be able to find something to their liking within these pages McPhee uses words in most delightful ways, as always His characterizations of the principles are particularly good in Deltoid I found it really interesting that the whole Aereon endeavor was conceived of and shepherded by a series of devout Presbyterians who saw the development of a viable dirigible freight industry as right livelihood in the service of their self imposed Christian missions They envisioned 100meter LTA shipping vessels carrying massive quantities of supplies and equipment on missionary expeditions across the globe Both Monroe Drew and William Miller, the founder and subsequent president, respectively, were ordained Presbyterian ministers, each of whom saw their work as sacred duty, a vocation combining religion and aviation, ordained by God Not my cup of tea, to be sure , but it made me wonder how many other scions and wanna be scions of industry see their businesses as being in service of and sanctioned by their God The one big disappointment of the book, after 140 pages of aeronautical, theological, and psychological minutia, was the wrap up McPhee used literally 1 2 of 1 paragraph to end the story of the would be wingless aircraft That was very disappointing Nevertheless, a quick, entertaining, and interesting read I think anyone interested in a little known backwater of aviation history would enjoy it particularly if you don t mind a fair bit of technical jargon and a goodly chunk of Christian mumbling , as would fans of McPhee s inimitable prose I found the religiosity of the principles to be irritating in the whole, and apparently I m not the only one not everyone at the Aereon Corporation saw prayers at business meetings and other trappings of their pious proselytizing partners as beyond the pale Interestingly, and not surprisingly, it looks from a quick perusal of the Aereon Corp website that the technology they were developing in the 1950s 70s, the subject of this book, is not being utilized in the humanitarian way intended by the early corporate visionaries, but has instead been turned to a military application Sigh A short book about the long quest to build an airship that could rival airplanes It reads like a long New Yorker feature, and its style is classic McPhee, with long musing quotes, an amazing flashback to the glory days of the Hindenburg, and the tiny state of New Jersey transformed into the most fascinating jungle of human eccentricity on Earth. A brief but brilliant book about some aeronautical innovators whose brilliant idea didn t quite work McPhee is a master at creating compelling non fiction stories. Who knew As always, McPhee always introduces the most compelling subjects His concluding paragraphs include mention of 1 gram flying modelsI need to google this In 1958, a Presbyterian minister from New Jersey had a vision of using dirigibles for missionary work in remote parts of the world transporting goods and people cheaply and efficiently The next year, he and a retired naval aviator founded a company called AEREON, honoring a 19th century American airship It built a trimaran airship, the world s first rigid airship since the Zeppelins of the 1930s Unfortunately, in 1966 during taxiing trials a gust of wind overturned the aircraft the pilots j In 1958, a Presbyterian minister from New Jersey had a vision of using dirigibles for missionary work in remote parts of the world transporting goods and people cheaply and efficiently The next year, he and a retired naval aviator founded a company called AEREON, honoring a 19th century American airship It built a trimaran airship, the world s first rigid airship since the Zeppelins of the 1930s Unfortunately, in 1966 during taxiing trials a gust of wind overturned the aircraft the pilots jumped and the airship was wrecked it never flew The company then had an idea of building a lifting body aircraft similar in shape to NASA s X 24, but huge, and filled with helium, which could lift a huge load like an airship, but would be controllable like an airplane A helium less prototype did fly in 1971, but the funding for the big ship was not forthcoming When the company had spent well over a million 1960s dollars of investors money, the SEC went after it, suspecting it to be an investment scam masquerading as an aviation company, and forbade it to issue anystock The SEC noted that the company failed to inform the investors properly that it was switching from a triple hull to a lifting body somehow, the minister s religion did not compel him to do it Since then there have been a few attempts to build an airship where only part of the lift comes from a lighter than air gas, and the rest comes from an airfoil, but none achieved commercial success AEREON is an aircraft manufacturer specializing in unique hybrid airships It was founded in Princeton, New Jersey in 1959 and produced many models and prototypes up to 1971 The AEREON 26 and 7 are highlighted here Each was an experimental aircraft developed to investigate lifting body design with a view to using its shape to create hybrid designs, part airship, part conventional aircraft It was powered by a piston engine, driving a pusher propeller, and generated lift through the aerodynamic AEREON is an aircraft manufacturer specializing in unique hybrid airships It was founded in Princeton, New Jersey in 1959 and produced many models and prototypes up to 1971 The AEREON 26 and 7 are highlighted here Each was an experimental aircraft developed to investigate lifting body design with a view to using its shape to create hybrid designs, part airship, part conventional aircraft It was powered by a piston engine, driving a pusher propeller, and generated lift through the aerodynamics of its lozenge shaped fuselage without wings Although results of flight tests conducted in 1971 were promising, funding for larger and semi buoyant aircraft was not forthcoming at the time, largely the result of some mysterious brakes put on by the SEC The Hindenburg exploded, in part, because a US embargo on exporting helium to Nazi Germany forced them to use thedangerous hydrogen This put a chilling effect on lighter than error craft However, those 13 passengers that unfortunately died then were the sum total of all airship passenger deaths These craft require a resource helium largely located in the U.S and take a small percentage of fuel to move forward compared to heavier than air planes, let along large ships Green, fueled by the USA, and safe do I have something here this country could get behind This was a quick, easy, random read that I picked up in a bar in Nicaragua It had an odd cover and it looked a bit like science fiction but claimed to be a true story, so I decided to give it a read.Not only does in contain a short, but thorough feeling summary of airship usage in United States history and slightly abroad, it also reveals astounding facts about the usage and stats of airships that once dominated the sky, and makes me really, really want to ride in a dirigible.The only thing dis This was a quick, easy, random read that I picked up in a bar in Nicaragua It had an odd cover and it looked a bit like science fiction but claimed to be a true story, so I decided to give it a read.Not only does in contain a short, but thorough feeling summary of airship usage in United States history and slightly abroad, it also reveals astounding facts about the usage and stats of airships that once dominated the sky, and makes me really, really want to ride in a dirigible.The only thing disappointing about the tale is the ending, not because it was poorly written, but because of how the true tale ended Have you seen any rigid airships or semi rigid airships in the air over the United States in your life other than the Goodyear Blimp Well, than you can kind of guess how the attempt to revamp the industry ended.Why it ended that way is still left as a bit of a question.I plan to be in Jersey soon, where I believe the old U.S Navy giant airship hangars are still standing I may have to pay them a visit if it looks worth checking out This is the first McPhee book I read, and probably my favorite It concerns the research and development of a hybrid aircraft combining lighter than air technology with airfoils The science math parts of the book are the typical McPhee gee whiz, I didn t know this stuff could be so exciting, but where this book really shines are the characterizations of the team working on the Aereon Theologians, test pilots, retired blimp men John McPhee will often find friendly, competent, and reasonably This is the first McPhee book I read, and probably my favorite It concerns the research and development of a hybrid aircraft combining lighter than air technology with airfoils The science math parts of the book are the typical McPhee gee whiz, I didn t know this stuff could be so exciting, but where this book really shines are the characterizations of the team working on the Aereon Theologians, test pilots, retired blimp men John McPhee will often find friendly, competent, and reasonably interesting characters to follow around for his books, but here he has hit upon a prime stash of incredibly fascinating losers, outcasts and could a beens Although it was written in the 70s, the subject matter is incredibly topical, as anyone who has bought a plane ticket recently can attest to