2 Thirty Thousand Feet - Airships and Balloons

Airships & Balloons

Airship and Balloon Websites

  • 21st Century Airships Team Inc.  A research and development company for airship technologies and manufacturer of state-of-the-art airships.  Current projects include a 19-passenger purpose-designed sightseeing airship, a prototype UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) for medium altitude, and a prototype heavy-lift airship.
  • Advanced Hybrid Aircraft Airships and blimps for sale.
  • Advanced Technologies Group  ATG designs and builds lighter than air blimps for civil and military use.
  • Worldwide Aeros Corporation  A lighter-than-air (LTA) airship manufacturer.  Company operations include the designing, development and manufacture of rigid transportation airships, non-rigid airships, and advanced unmanned tethered aerostat systems.
  • The Airship Association  Established to promote matters relating to airships, to publish books and papers connected with airships, and to promote research and experimental work on airships.
  • AIRSHIP: DJ's Zeppelin Page Photos, information, links.
  • Airship and Blimp Consultant  ABC is a UK-based consultancy service that provides expert advice to government departments and private companies considering using or developing helium airships for civil or security applications.
  • Airship and Blimp Resources  Lots of information, including an airship basics explanation, manufacturers, Experimental Balloon and Airship Association, database of manufacturers, links.
  • Airship FAQ  A very good reference guide with links.
  • Airship Initiatives  In the business of increasing interest in airships through articles for magazines, newspapers and specialist journals, as well as writing and publishing several books on the subject.  These activities will be expanded to include an Image Resource to supply high-quality images.
  • Airship Management Service, Inc. (AMS) For airship operations and promotions.
  • The airship record tour  A site proposing a trans Atlantic and first true circumnavigation by airship.
  • Airship Solutions  Manufacturer of a range of indoor and outdoor airships from 8ft to 30ft.  Video's of airships flying, with onboard camera's are available on the site.
  • Airsports Ballooning Channel  An Internet TV channel that features action from the world of competitive air sports, including the ballooning videos.
  • American Blimp Corporation  Airship manufacturer.
  • Balloon Building  This site documents the building activities required to construct and certify your own hot air balloons.  Lots of pictures of the building process and helpful tips.
  • Balloon Dispatch  Feature articles, virtual seminar, events, links, resources, message board, classifieds.
  • Balloon Excelsior, Inc.  Balloon flight training (Part 141 FAA-Approved), balloon repair station, books, consulting.  In Oakland, California.
  • The Balloon Federation of America Membership, events, competition, products.
  • Balloon Fiesta A screensaver/wallpaper pack of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.
  • Balloon Repairs of East Texas  A full service repair, maintenance, refurbishing, and modification facility for hot air balloons and related, LTA products.
  • Ballooning International Comprehensive Internet directory of International ballooning events and resources.
  • Balloons Over Canberra  Balloon images.
  • Balloons Over Idaho  An association of hot air balloon pilots, support crew and observers based in Boise, Idaho.  Annual Safety Seminar in March.  Competitions Spring through Fall.
  • Ballonpilot  A page by a ballooning enthusiast with many photos from festivals around the world.
  • Balmy Balloonists  A strategy board game where players compete to be the first to fly their hot air balloons completely around the world.
  • Baloni  A Slovenian Web site by balloon pilot Ales Svagelj.
  • Bart's Special Shape Collection  Bart collects pictures of unusual hot air balloons, and has over a thousand of them.
  • BeiJing Airdriven Co., Ltd  A Chinese manufacturer of professional hot air balloons.
  • Belgian Balloon Pages  Links, information, forum, banner exchange.
  • Blastvalve  A ballooning search engine and directory with more ballooning links than just about any other site.
  • The British Balloon and Airship Club The BBAC is a volunteer based organisation founded in 1965 which exists to promote lighter than air flying - hot air ballooning, gas ballooning and airship flying.
  • Cable & Wireless Balloon Site  World circumnavigation attempt.
  • Cameron Balloons  Cameron brand hot air balloons: recreational sport, competition sport, commercial advertising, large passenger ride, and special shapes.
  • Cameron Balloons Ltd.  Manufacturer of passenger carrying hot-air, conventional and special shape balloons, hot-air airships, exhibition stands, medical products, cold-air inflatables, helium blimps, spheres and record breaking balloons.
  • Diamante Mongolfiere  An Italian hot air balloon company selling Cameron Hot air Balloons for tourist flights and advertising, and organizing flying courses and promotional inflatables for outdoor events.
  • Dreambuilt Designs  This company provides plans eBooks for the do-it-yourself'er, ranging from woodworking, metalworking, and electronics, to leatherworking, sewing, arts and crafts.  Included is a quarter-scaled hot air balloon standing 20 feet tall and about 16 feet in diameter.  Made of ripstop nylon, it has an aluminum gondola and a radio-controlled propane burner.
  • The Early Years of Sport Ballooning  An affectionate look at hot-air sport balloons in the 1960s and '70s, this site focuses on the differences among different manufacturers' products, and the way those products differ from balloons on the market today.
  • eBalloon.org  A ballooning resource providing information on ballooning history and famous flights, how hot air balloons work, and what a typical flight is like.  The site also offers an extensive photo gallery, a list of festivals worldwide, and a ballooning directory.
  • European Balloon Company  Hot air balloon rides throughout the South East of England.
  • European Balloon Corporation  Balloon launches near Brussels, as well as giant helium balloons manufacturing, cold air inflatables, and hot air airships.
  • FAI Ballooning commission A non-governmental and non-profit making international organization with the basic aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide.
  • The Flying Cloud, R-505  Set in a world that was, or perhaps a world that might have been, The Flying Cloud is a tale of airships, adventure, gallant gentlemen, and sultry island maidens.  Bringing the world more airship fiction.
  • Friends of the Smokey Bear Balloon Inc.  A non-profit corporation of all volunteers dedicated to assisting U.S. federal, state, and local agencies to educate and convey messages to prevent human-caused wildfires.
  • Gas Ballooning.net  A site dedicated to gas balloons, specifically Hydrogen and Helium free balloons.  The site provides information on how gas balloons are constructed along with resources, books and links to other gas balloon sites.
  • Great Eastern Balloon Association  An association of balloon pilots, crew, and enthusiasts, formed for balloonists in the middle Atlantic states of the US.
  • The Holden Airship  Visiting sporting events around Australia.  See video, gallery, facts.
  • Hot Air Ballooning  This hot air ballooning resource provides information about the sport, including a worldwide ride directory, how-to's, event listings, and more.
  • Hotair.ie  Hot air ballooning in Ireland.
  • Hybrid Aircraft Corporation  Their expertise focuses on a class of hybrid aircraft that combines the advantages of aerodynamic lift derived from the lifting-body hull shape (like an airplane) and efficiencies of lighter-than-air derived from the buoyancy of the helium filled envelope (like an airship).  They call the technology approach SkyCat and the cargo version the SkyFreighter.
  • ILC Dover  Engineered inflatables, LTA structures (aerostat and airship envelopes), space inflatables, and space suits.
  • Light Flight Balloons and Barnstormer Aero  This full time, full service Maryland company offers hot air balloon rides, tethered balloon promotions, and open cockpit biplane rides for Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
  • Lindstrand Balloons  Manufacturer of hot air balloons and airships.
  • Lindstrand Balloons USA  Manufacture of hot air balloons, special shapes, and cold air inflatable displays.
  • Lonsan Aircraft  Unmanned RPV RC airships with a 1000 meter control range, 30 KM range UAV airships, one-man airships, and tethered airships.
  • Mister Balloon  Meteorological weather balloons, spheres, hot air, and blimp shaped balloons, in addition to the little (toy) balloons.
  • Montgolfier Ballonvaarten Luchtballon.be  A nice website about hot-air ballooning in Belgium.  This site explains hot-air ballooning as an advertising medium and the business of passenger flights.
  • The Mooring Mast  This a collection of links to websites about American, British, German and Italian Airships of the past, and modern Airships such as the Zeppelin NT.  Also, airship-related products.
  • Naval Airship Association, Inc.  The NAA is a non-private, non-profit organization that gathers and disseminates lighter-than-air expertise and knowledge accumulated during the U.S. Navy's development and employment of lighter-than-air aircraft.
  • www.nott.com The home page of ballooning enthusiast Julian Nott.
  • Ohio Airships, Inc.  The Dynalifter is a unique hybrid of fixed-winged airplane and helium airship, providing a combination of features that are currently unavailable in any single existing aircraft.  The Dynalifter should combine the great fuel efficiencies and short runway capabilities of historical airships, with the weather handling and concentrated payload capabilities of traditional airplanes.  It gets lift from 16,500 cubic feet of helium and two small ultralight engines.
  • QinetiQ 1  Two British pilots will attempt to break the world altitude record for a manned balloon (113,740 feet) by ascending to 132,000 feet in an open gondola.  Download images and wallpaper, subscribe to email updates.
  • RadioControlledBlimp.com  Indoor radio controlled blimps.
  • Search the Outdoors!  See the Balloons and Airships section of this directory site for some links.
  • Steve Griffin Enterprises  This site contains plans, project details, software tools to help with your homebuilt balloon project.
  • StratoCat  On the use of stratospheric balloons in scientific research, military applications, and in aerospace activity.
  • Stumpf Balloons  Ballooning equipment sales.
  • TCOM, L.P.  Tethered surveillance and communications aerostat systems.
  • Techsphere Systems  A worldwide provider of spherical airship platforms for use in commercial, research, and government applications.  TSI manufactures, owns, operates, leases and sells these platforms.
  • Turtle Airships  Addressing aviation's contribution to global warming with rigid, shelled, lighter-than-air, amphibious, all weather passenger airships.  These are solar powered with Bio-fuel backup power with a claimed speed of 200 MPH.
  • Two get very high  Breakfast show producer and presenter Lev David from East Coast Radio, Durban and hot air balloon pilot Gary Mortimer from Airborne Adventures Africa endeavour to set a new South African hot air balloon altitude record.  Follow the planning and flight.
  • Ultramagic Balloons History, balloon models and specifications, news, events, links.
  • Up & Away Ballooning  A balloon ride company in Sonoma County specializing in romantic balloon rides for couples and rides for small groups using multiple balloons.
  • US-LTA Corporation  Founded to design, engineer, manufacture, and offer airships for sale for operational customers in the worldwide airship advertising and remote sensing market.  They developed the 160 foot, 6-passenger Model 138S Airship and Skymax Nightsign system which are type certified by the United States FAA.
  • Vertical Airships  A private research and development organization dedicated to the construction of vertical airships.
  • What's Up Ballooning  Balloon rides above the Contoocook River Valley, Henniker, NH, USA.
  • World Balloon  Hot air balloon rides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • World Wide Web Balloon Pages  Giant listing of ballooning Web sites.
  • The Zebedee List  A comprehensive list of secondhand items for sale for balloonists.  It is published monthly and can be obtained either in paper format or on the web site.
  • The Zeppelin Library Archive History, references, information.
  • The Zeppelin Ring  A ring of websites devoted to zeppelins and other rigid airships.