Source: The Daily Telegraph – dailytelegraph.com.au
By: Richard Noone – The Daily Telegraph
• Wollongong man died at Reichelsheim Airfield on June 12
• Was world’s most qualified airship pilot with 12,300 hours experience
• 53-year-old was piloting A60 Lightship which caught fire
• Lowered craft to within two meters so passengers could jump
• Instantly pitched 50m in to the air and crashed in fatal fireball
Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines - rbth.com
By Alexander Vershinin
Making its first inauspicious appearance during the war of 1812 against Napoleonic France, the airship was later to serve as a vital step in the development of Russian air power, proving invaluable as bombing craft in World War I. And today the airship could be witnessing a minor renaissance.
Source: The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com
By Karen Farkas, The Plain Dealer
Films documenting the history of the USS Akron, a helium-filled U.S. Navy rigid airship that crashed in 1933, killing 76, will be preserved by the University of Akron.