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First posted 18 February 2015
* Update 29 February 2016 *
** Update 9 June 2016 **
including balloons, blimps, semi-rigid
& rigid dirigibles
as seen at times over the Spontoon Island Archipelago
Some kind of well-camouflaged fort. Then a Zeppelin shed.
Blackhawk always smiled at that ambition.
novelization by William Rotsler, circa 1982)
** The airship "Lady Grace of Avon" - by Jerry Collins **
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* "Tourist Blimp" (# 15) - color sketch by Jerry Collins *
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Upload 29 February 2016
"Evening Flyover" - by Jerry Collins
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"The Olympia Airship Factory" - by Jerry Collins
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"One of Ours" - by Simon Barber
1919 British fleet maneuvers in the Pacific
Airship - "The Agusta" (heavy lifter/ heavy cargo)
by Jerry Collins - Larger file here - (645 KBytes)
"Balalaika 7" by Simon Barber - Larger files here (484 KB) & here (1 MB)
"The Vostok airship, "Balalaika 7" fires the first shots of the Pacific War, against 10 squadrons
of Soviet Russian Kalinin K7 bombers. The entire crew were awarded the Medal of Saint Peter.
Posthumously." (Unknown source post-1940, via Simon Barber)
Taxi Airship - "The Daisy" - by Jerry Collins
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...Around this time the name 'blimp' had become accepted for non-rigid
airships. It was popularly believed that this was an abbreviation for
'bloody limp', sometimes a singularly appropriate description. In fact,
however, the explanation of the origin of the name is far less romantic.
The earlier non-rigids had been designated 'A-limp'. Their successors
were called 'B-limp'.
(British WW1 airship types, 1915. The History of Airships, Basil Clarke, 1961 - page 81)
"A Mad Scientist's Flying Dreadnought" - ink sketch by Jerry Collins
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WAASS crew on a visit to the Spontoon Islands; scouting out a market.
by S. A. Gallacci - Larger file here (2.1 MBytes)
(A Women's Auxiliary AirShip Service crossover picture.)
"Young Zeichner's Encounters"
A comic strip by S. A. Gallacci
repost from 1998 - 'Spontoon Island' zine #5)
Your compiling archivist has been kindly directed (by 'Barnacle
to the blog:
The Flying Cloud,
adventure, gallant gentlemen, and sultry island maidens!"
an alternate-Earth serial by Paul Gazis, that is currently up to 46
I highly recommend it. I believe that you may also find
the adventure and ironic humor to be very sympathetic
to Spontoonie sensibilities. (Added to the Links
Possibly the first in-flight radio
message -- in 1910, from the dirigible airship,
AMERICA, during its
attempt to cross the North Atlantic Ocean:
come and get this goddamn cat!"
(Discussing 'Kiddo', a stowaway in the airship lifeboat.)