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Airships, Blimps & Balloons

In some countries, airships are also known as dirigibles from the French (diriger to direct plus -ible), meaning "directable" or steerable. The first airships were called dirigible balloons. Over time, the word balloon was dropped from the phrase. In modern usage, balloon refers to any buoyant aircraft that generally relies on wind currents for horizontal movement, and usually has a mechanism to control vertical movement.

The term zeppelin is a genericised trademark that originally referred to airships manufactured by the German Zeppelin Company. The word Luftschiff, German for "airship", usually prefixed their crafts' names. In modern common usage, the termszeppelindirigible and airship are used interchangeably for any type of rigid airship, with the term blimp alone used to describe non-rigid airships. Although the blimp also qualifies as a "dirigible", the term is seldom used with blimps. In modern technical usage, airshipis the term used for all aircraft of this type, with zeppelin referring only to aircraft of that manufacture, and blimp or blimps referring only to non-rigid airships.

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R101 Airship Model
R101 Airship

Body Length - 20.00 in. [50.80 cm.] • Span - 3.40 in. [8.60 cm.]
Height - 3.40 in. [8.60 cm.]; • Scale - 1:466 • Registration - R101
PRICE - $ 185.4
R101 Airship Model
R101 Airship

Body Length - 12.00 in. [30.50 cm.] • Span - 2.00 in. [5.10 cm.]
Height - 2.00 in. [5.10 cm.]; • Scale - 1:777 • Registration - R101
PRICE - $ 107.4
Skyship 600 Model
Skyship 600

Body Length - 14.00 in. [35.60 cm.] • Span - 4.90 in. [12.40 cm.]
Height - 4.90 in. [12.40 cm.]; • Scale - 1:186
PRICE - $ 185.4
Tom Swift Airship Model
Tom Swift Airship Model

Body Length - 14.00 in. [35.60 cm.]
PRICE - $ 219.5
USS Shenandoah ZR-1 (Small) Model
USS Shenandoah ZR-1 (Small)

Body Length - 12.00 in. [30.50 cm.] • Span - 1.40 in. [3.60 cm.]
Height - 1.40 in. [3.60 cm.]; • Scale - 1:680 • Registration - ZR-1
PRICE - $ 107.4
USS Shenandoah ZR-1 Model
USS Shenandoah ZR-1

Body Length - 20.00 in. [50.80 cm.] • Span - 2.30 in. [5.80 cm.]
Height - 2.30 in. [5.80 cm.]; • Scale - 1:408 • Registration - ZR-1
PRICE - $ 185.4
USS ZRS-4 Akron Model
USS ZRS-4 Akron

Body Length - 20.00 in. [50.80 cm.] • Span - 3.40 in. [8.60 cm.]
Height - 3.40 in. [8.60 cm.]; • Scale - 1:471
PRICE - $ 185.4
USS ZRS-5 Macon Model
USS ZRS-5 Macon

Body Length - 20.00 in. [50.80 cm.] • Span - 3.40 in. [8.60 cm.]
Height - 3.40 in. [8.60 cm.]; • Scale - 1:471
PRICE - $ 185.4
Zepellin L-31 Airship Second Version Model
Zepellin L-31 Airship Second Version

Body Length - 20.00 in. [50.80 cm.] • Span - 2.40 in. [6.10 cm.]
Height - 2.40 in. [6.10 cm.]; • Scale - 1:390
PRICE - $ 185.4
Zepellin L48 Model
Zepellin L48

Body Length - 20.00 in. [50.80 cm.] • Span - 2.70 in. [6.90 cm.]
Height - 2.70 in. [6.90 cm.]; • Scale - 1:385 • Registration - L48
PRICE - $ 185.4
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