March 27, 3 pm: C. Michael Hiam lecture: “Dirigible Dreams”

  • Friday, March 27: C. Michael Hiam, author of “Dirigible Dreams: The Age of the Airship”

Here is the story of airships—manmade flying machines without wings—from their earliest beginnings to the modern era of blimps. In postcards and advertisements, the sleek, silver, cigar-shaped airships, or dirigibles, were the embodiment of futuristic visions of air travel. They immediately captivated the imaginations of people worldwide, but in less than fifty years dirigible became a byword for doomed futurism, an Icarian figure of industrial hubris. “Dirigible Dreams” looks back on this bygone era, when the future of exploration, commercial travel, and warfare largely involved the prospect of wingless flight.