Heroic Australian airship pilot Michael Nerandzic honored with the Star of Courage

Pilot Nerandzic sqSource: 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

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Taking war into the skies: The age of the airship

Leppich cropSource: 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.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Preserves a Home Video of the Graf Zeppelin

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (oscars.org) has posted a home video taken of the Graf Zeppelin during the 1929 visit to Los Angeles to their YouTube channel.

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The USS Akron, a rigid airship that crashed in 1933, will be preserved on film

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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.

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Will the Stratosphere Be 2020’s Hot Tourist Destination?

microbloonflightSource: airspacemag.com

By Tony Reichhardt

Flights could begin as early as 2016.

Companies on both sides of the Atlantic are making strides toward offering near-space balloon flights for tourists, starting as early as 2016.

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