Monday, September 29, 2008

Zeppelin Dreams

Stephane Rousson failed on his attempt to cross the English Channel this weekend. In a zeppelin. Powered by himself.

The issue was the wind, not the design of the craft. I have to admit I have a soft spot in my head for lighter-than-air craft, especially zeppelins. While the story's interesting in and of itself, it caught my attention because the design looked a little familiar.

Here's the Zeppy, Rousson's pedal-powered airship.

And here's Jule Verne's pedal-powered airship, as depicted in the 1958 Czech film, "The Fabulous World of Jules Verne."

Hats off to Rousson and his team, for bringing to life days of futures past.

- Ralph

Day 106 of the WJMA Web Watch.

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