Sinking and Floating: Buoyancy

What are airships used for?

Since the first airship flight in 1852, by Henry Giffard in France, the dirigible, or airship, was used predominantly for military purposes. In the first and second World Wars airships were used for bombing and surveillance on both sides of the Atlantic. Commercial passenger transportation on airships was conducted for only a few years, while today’s blimps are used for advertising and for televising sporting events from high elevations.


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