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Zeppelin

Manufacturers & Related Companies

Several companies are actively building airships for sale, while others are building experimental prototypes. Another group of companies lease and operate airships for business clients.

Below are listed the companies that I know are directly involved with airships. I may have inadvertently missed some of them. I would greatly appreciate it if you would please send changes, corrections, information, and updates to me so that I may keep this section accurate and current. I appreciate your input.

Passenger Flights | Flight-Certified | Unmanned | Prototype | Materials | Leasing / Operating | Hybrid Kits | Remote Control Airships | Misc | Hotair Airships | Former Companies, Concepts & Manufacturers

Passenger Flights
Airship Ventures, Inc.
NASA Research Park
P O Box 345
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0345
USA

As of November 14, 2012, Airship Ventures ceased flight operations. Contact information remains active:

tel: +1 650-969-8100

info@airshipventures.com.

Skycruise Switzerland
P.O. Box 10
CH-8315 Lindau
SWITZERLAND

bookings: +41 (0)52 354 59 74
tel: +41 52 354 59 70
fax: +41 52 354 59 71

email: info@skyship.ch

WDL Luftschiffgesellschaft mbH
Lilienthalstraße 8
45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr
GERMANY

tel.: +49 (0)208 378080
fax: +49 (0)208 3780841

email: form

Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH
Postfach 2564
Leutholdstrasse 108
D-88045 Friedrichshafen
GERMANY

tel: +49 (7541) 2-02-515
fax: +49 (7541) 2-02-516

email: info@zeppelin-nt.com

Flight-Certified

American Blimp Corporation
1900 North-East 25th Avenue
Suite 5
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
USA

tel: +1 (503) 693-1611
fax: +1 (503) 681-0906

email: E.J. Brandreth

Manufactures the Lightship and SPECTORTM airships.

Beijing Huajiao Allied Airship Manufacturing Company
No. 87, Xisanhuan Beilu
Haidian District
Beijing 100089
China

tel: 010-68717861
fax: 010-68717862

email: gsgy@hjairship.com

TCOM, L.P.
7115 Thomas Edison Drive
Columbia, MD 21046-2113
USA

tel: +1 (410) 312-2400
fax: +1 (410) 312-2455

email: aerostat@tcomlp.com
contact: Director of Marketing

"Over the past 30 years, TCOM has been at the forefront of innovative developments in tethered aerostat systems."

WDL Luftschiffgesellschaft GmbH
Flughafen
45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr
GERMANY

tel: 02 08/ 37 80 80
fax: 02 08/ 3 78 08 33

email: salesdirector@wdl-luftschiff.de
contact: Arnold Beier

Westdeutsche Luftwerbung (WDL)

Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH
Postfach 2564
Leutholdstrasse 108
D-88045 Friedrichshafen
GERMANY

tel: +49 (7541) 2-02-515
fax: +49 (7541) 2-02-516

email: info@zeppelin-nt.com

It may surprise some of you to see Zeppelin listed here. The Zeppelin Company did not end with the demise of the Hindenburg. It survived WWII and today primarily manufactures heavy-duty machinery. In late 1997 they flew their first airship since 1940. The Zeppelin NT is certified and flying. Production continues. The dream is alive.

Unmanned

ISL Aeronautical & Space Systems
205 Lawler Rd
Brownsboro, AL 35741-9455
USA

tel: 256-852-5033
fax: 256-852-5898

email: jboschma@islinc.com

2002: Acquired Bosch Aerospace

SKIVE Aviation AG
Irchelstrasse 25
CH-8427 Rorbas
Switzerland

tel: +41 44 350 75 00
fax: +41 44 350 75 01
mobile +41 79 236 61 59

email: contact@skive.aero

Manufacturer and operator of r/c airships since 2003.

Prototype

Aeros Craft
1734 Gage Road
Montebello, CA 90640
USA

tel: 818-344-3999
fax: 323-201-8383

email: media@aeroscraft.com

Designing, development and manufacture of rigid transportation airships, non-rigid airships, and advanced unmanned tethered aerostat systems.

CL CargoLifter GmbH & Co. KG a.A.
Sophie-Charlotten-Straße 57 / 58
14057 Berlin
GERMANY

tel: +49(0)30 - 89 56 42 60 (AM)
fax: +49(0)030 - 89 56 42 57

email: info@cargolifter.com

CooperShip Industries
Dallas, TX
USA

tel: 214-716-9044

Deltoid Air Ship

email: dcharris_homedesigner@yahoo.com

Flying-Yachts Inc.
1119 Ringwell Drive
Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 8T8
CANADA

tel: (1) 905-898-6274
fax: (1) 905-235-0809

email: form

Lockheed-Martin
1210 Massillon Road
Akron, OH 44306
USA

tel: 330-796-2800

Heir to the Goodyear Aerospace Corporation. Use their search tool for airship information.

Millennium Airship Inc.
P.O. Box 1979
Belfair, WA 98528
USA

tel: 1-800-308-3854
fax: 1-360-277-0529

email: Millennium <netsurv@sinclair.net>

The SkyFreighter Corporation.

Ohio Airships, Inc.
PO Box 70
Mantua, Ohio 44255
USA

tel: 866-568-0652 (toll free)

email: Dynalifter@adelphia.net

Ohio Airships is committed to the development of the Dynalifter, which is a unique hybrid airship/aircraft. The design concept utilizes both buoyant lift and aerodynamic lift (semi-buoyant).

Prospective Concepts
Rietstrasse 50
CH-8702 Zollikon / ZH
SWITERLAND

tel: +41 1 395 43 00
fax: +41 1 391 43 23

email: info@prospective-concepts.ch

Blimp prototype

Russian Aeronautial Systems, Ltd
4, Stepana Shutova Street
Moscow, 109380
RUSSIA

tel: (7-095) 359-1001
fax: (7-095) 359-1065

email: rosaerosystems@pbo.ru

Skyacht Aircraft, Inc.
110 Pulpit Hill Road
Amherst MA 01002

tel: (413) 549-1321

email: info@personalblimp.com

Skylite Aeronautics
USA

email: info@skylite.aero

World SkyCat Ltd
Wytham Abbey
Wytham
Oxford OX2 8QE
UK

tel: +44 1865 725015

email: mstewart@worldskycat.com

Materials

ILC Dover, Inc.
One Moonwalker Road
Frederica, DE 19946-2080
USA

tel: 1-302-335-3911
fax: 1-302-335-1320

Customer Service:
1-800-631-9567 EST

email: Customer_Service@ilcdover.com

"World's largest producer of modern aerostat and airship envelopes."

Leasing / Operating Companies

Airship Management Services, Inc.
Two Soundview Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830
USA

tel: 203-625-0071
fax: 203-625-0065

email: airship@airshipman.com

Leases Skyships. A full-service airship company with 15 years of worldwide experience in airship operations and promotions.

Associated offices in London, Athens, Paris and Tokyo.

Related to:
Airship Operations
Global Skyship Industries
Skycruiser Corporation

Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei GmbH
Allmansweilerstrasse 132
D-88046 Friedrichshafen
GERMANY

tel: +49 (0) 75 41 / 59 00 - 0
fax: +49 (0) 75 41 / 59 00 - 499

email: info@zeppelinflug.de

Managing Director: Dr. Bernd Sträter, H. Günter Schwenk
Amtsgericht Tettnang HRB 1838
Ust.-ID: DE 214177342

Operation of Zeppelin commercial flights, advertising, pilot training, ground crew, servicing.

Goodyear
1144 E. Market Street
Akron, OH 44305
USA

tel: 330-796-2121
Public Affairs: 330-796-5351

email: blimp@goodyear.com

Perhaps in a category of its own, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company "recycles" its fleet of airships, refurbishing, renewing and rebuilding their existing blimps every couple of years. GTR does not build "new" blimps, though. The former Goodyear Aerospace Corporation, now owned by Lockheed-Martin, has the rights to build new airships, but doesn't have any customers to warrant construction at this time. 2013: Goodyear will be flying Zeppelin NTs.

Van Wagner Airship Group
(ABC/Lightship)

USA

tel: +1 407 472 4477
fax: +1 407 363 0962
cel: +1 407 963 3032

email: tobyp@lightships.com

Additional offices in Brazil & Singapore. Truly international in scope.

Shanghai Airship Advertising Co., Ltd
No. 66, Qinzheng Road
Sunqiao
Zhangqiang, Pudong
Shanghai 201203
China

tel: 021-58576677
fax: 021-58575577

email: gsgy@hjairship.com

SkyShip Cruise Ltd.
Postfach 10
CH-8315 Lindau
SWITZERLAND

tel: +41 52 347 15 00
fax: +41 52 347 15 04

email: skyship@plaza.ch

Operates a Skyship 600.

Related to:
Airship Management Services
Global Skyship Industries
Skycruiser Corporation

Hybrid Kits

Advanced Hybrid Aircraft
PO Box 144
Eugene OR 97440
USA

tel: 1-541-344-5323
fax:1-541-344-5323

email: bnb@ahausa.com

Remote Control Blimps

Raven Aerostar
909 W Algonquin Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
USA

tel: 605-331-3500
fax: 605-331-3520

email: form

Misc

Boulder Blimp Company
505 Stacy Court, Suite A
Lafayette, CO 80026-2799

tel: 303-664-1122
fax: (303) 664-1133

email: bbcinfo@boulderblimp.com

"Leads the industry in design and innovation in the cold-air inflatable market." Also, helium inflatables.

Hotair Airships
GEFA-FLUG GmbH
Weststraße 24c
52074 Aachen
Germany
The AS 105 GD airship is certified according to international aviation standards by EASA, the european flight safety organization, and thus can be operated world-wide.

The SN 0035 stays in Germany and operates for one of the biggest european power supply companies EnBW. The SN 0036 flies for a large Spanish brewery.

tel: +49 0241-8890-40
fax: +49 0241-8890-420

email: airship@gefa-flug.de

Former Companies, Concepts or Manufacturers

Airship Management Services, Inc.
Two Soundview Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830
USA

tel: 203-625-0071
fax: 203-625-0065

email: airship@airshipman.com

FAA certification of a new Skyship 600, powered by Lycoming engines instead of the Porche engines. Related to: Airship Operations, Global Skyship Industries, Skycruiser Corporation

Sold to Julian Benscher (CEO) of Skyship Services Inc.

Airship Operations, Inc.
1001 Armstrong Boulevard
Unit A
Kissimmee, Florida 34741
USA

tel: 203-625-0071
fax: 203-625-0065

email: airship@airshipman.com

Builds, operates, trains and supports Skyships and crews for clients worldwide.

Related to:
Airship Management Services
Global Skyship Industries
Skycruiser Corporation

Airships Unlimited, Inc.
25-40 Union Street, No.4C 
Flushing, NY 11354-1239 
USA

tel: 718-461-3998
fax:801-327-4458

email: AlanGross@flyairships.com

Airship marketing and brokerage, development of airship advertising and sightseeing flight operations, creation of Blimp Ports in various cities, development of airship utilization as airborne research platforms for scientific and environmental programs.

Global Skyship Industries, Inc.
1001 Armstrong Boulevard
Unit A
Kissimee, FL 34741
USA

tel: 203-625-0071
fax: 203-625-0065

email: airship@airshipman.com

Global Skyship Industries hold the Type Certificates of the Skyship 500-HL and 600 series airships in addition to the Sentinel 1000 and a huge body of research work pertaining to even larger ships.

Related to:
Airship Management Services
Airship Operations
Skycruiser Corporation

Interface Airships, Inc.
P. O. Box 317
780 Terra Ceia Road
Terra Ceia, FL 34250
USA

Manufacturer of the Ecoblimp Prototype N9243S

email: ecoblimp@usa.net

The Lightship Group
1 Startford Park 12
Telford
Shropshire TF3 3BJ
UK

tel: 01952-2923
fax: 01952-2016

Leases ABC airships.

The company is controlled by Sir Richard Branson.

SkyCell (UK) Ltd
The Innovation Centre, York Science Park, York YO10 5DG
UK

tel: 01904 435361
fax: 01904 435361

email: info@skycell.net

RC blimp
Interior and exterior aerial photography

Skycruiser Corporation
8  Bagshot, Hungerford
Berkshire RG17 0RG
UK

tel: +44 (0) 1488 681 484  
fax: +44 (0) 1488 682 661

email: office@skycruiser.co.uk

Related to:
Airship Management Services
Global Skyship Industries
SkyShip Cruise

21st Century Airships Inc.
P.O. Box 177 Main Street
Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4X1
CANADA

tel: 905-898-6274
fax: 905-898-7245

email: Hokan Colting <colt@rogerswave.ca>

A research and development company in business since 1989. We have built and successfully flown 15 spherical prototype airships, including the SA-60 which we flew to the record height of 6,234 meters in July 2003. Currently partnered with Techsphere of Atlanta, Georgia, to sell into the U.S. military and government agency  markets.

UPship Corporation
Route 2, Box 53-4
Elba, AL 36323
USA

tel: 334-897-6132
fax: 334 897-3434

email: airship@alaweb.com

Developing an improved semi rigid airship design. We are ready to start the building process for a one to three place ship, depending on market and funding.

US-LTA
4259 W 5th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97402
USA

tel/fax: +1 (541) 868 0666

contact: Joe Olma
e-mail: info@us-lta.com

Worldwide Airship Operations LLC
444 Seabreeze Boulevard, Suite 740
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
USA

tel: 386-267-7447
tel: 386-257-6994

email: WDLUSAL@cs.com

contact: Arnold Beier

Advanced Technologies Group

Formerly affiliated with SkyCat, see below.

Airship Industries
UK

In September 1990 Airship Industries (UK) collapsed. The Bedfordshire-based company was owned by Airship Industries of the Isle of Man, a business which was 47.2%-owned by Bond Corporation of Australia. In November 1990 its assets were sold to Airship International, ML Holdings, and Westinghouse.

Airship International
USA

Since 1995, the company ceased operating in the airship industry. Current address: Entertainment International Ltd., 7380 Sand Lake Road, Suite 350, Orlando, FL 32819

Airship Technologies
UK

Principals included Roger Munk, designer of S-1000, Skyship 600, AD-500. Plans were to market a Sentinel 1240.

Cargolifter AG
GERMANY

Insolvent, 2003.

Last known address:
Kreuzberger Ring 21
D - 65205 Wiesbaden

"This multimodal transportation system can carry out heavy load transportation while using almost no infrastructure and provide solutions to existing problems in the large and heavy load sector. CargoLifter is compatible with existing truck, rail, and ship carriers and can be used as a supplement in multimodal transportations."

In August 2005, the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH bought the "immaterial goods" -- knowledge and scientific results -- from the Cargolifter program.

Strangely, the hangar became a Tropical Islands resort.

Hamilton Airship Company
SOUTH AFRICA

Designed a Hindenberg-class airship for commercial passenger flights.

Rigid Airship Design, N.V.
THE NETHERLANDS

The Dutch airship company stopped their activities in 2002/3. The former management was not capable to manage the company properly and the stakeholders stopped their investments.

Sky Station International
USA

The plan was for dirigibles, each bigger than a football field, to float motionless in the stratosphere, 13 miles above the major cities of the world.

Last known address:
1824 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

SkyCat Technologies, Inc.
USA

Out-of-business. Designing a hybrid aerodynamic lift/buoyancy vehicle to provide very heavy lift global transport. Formerly affiliated with Advanced Technologies Group.

Skyship Industries
USA

Some of its "Skyships" were operated by Airship International and Airship Management Services in the U.S. and in the U.K. by the British Government.

SkyMedia Airships, Inc.
USA

Last known address:
1497 Poinsettia Ave., Suite 156
Vista, CA 9208

Turtle Airships
USA

Designed to use a geodesic exoskeleton and hard shell of carbon fiber.

"This gives Turtle airships the ability to stay out in any weather. We don't need huge, expensive hangars. We can land on water because the hull is strong enough to withstand wave action and we can carry larger engines and achieve much higher speeds, up to 150 miles per hour."

Last known address:
PO Box 854
Provo, UT, 84601-0854

Vegas.com Airship
USA

Operated scheduled tourists flights over Las Vegas. Ceased flights 1/2001.

Virgin Lightship
UK

2002: ABC announced that an affiliate has acquired the Virgin interests in The Lightship Group, effectively making ABC the exclusive owner of TLG, the world's preeminent airship operator.

Westinghouse Airships, Inc.
Westinghouse Surveillance Systems, Ltd.
USA

Inactive since the loss of the Sentinel 1000 in the Weeksville hangar fire of August, 1995.

On December 12th 1996, Westinghouse Airships Inc. and Westinghouse Surveillance Systems Limited were purchased by Aviation Support Group Limited. These companies have been renamed and are now known as Global Skyship Industries Inc. and Global Skyship Industries Limited.

 
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