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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 inadvertlty 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 do not know everything and would appreciate your input.


 

It may suprise some of you to see the Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik in the list below. The Zeppelin Company did not end with the demise of the Hindenburg. It survived WW2 and today primarily manufactures heavy-duty machinery. In late 1997 they flew their first airship since 1940.

ZEPPELIN

The dream is alive.


 


 

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

contact: E.J. Brandreth
Manufactures the Lightship and SPECTORTM airships.


 

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


 

tel: (407) 932-3779
fax: (407) 932-2916

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.

email: AirOpsInc@aol.com


 

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


 

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


 

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

contact: Director of Marketing
e-mail: aerostat@tcomlp.com

 


 

WDL Luftschiffgesellschaft MBH
Flughafen 45470
D-4330 Mülheim/Ruhr
GERMANY

 


 

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

contact: Arnold Beier
e-mail: pwoessner@aol.com

 


 

UNMANNED


 

Bosch Aerospace
7501 South Memorial Parkway
Suite 207
Huntsville, Alabama 35802-2226
USA

 


 

tel: 256-882-9394
fax: 256-883-2951

e-mail: jboschma@ro.com


 

PROTOTYPES


 

Airship Technologies
No address or telephone visible on their website. After a brief intro, their website requires you be operating Microsoft Windows 95 or NT and that you download a free copy of Microsoft Powerpoint Animation Player.


 

They do have an e-mail address, so you can reach them via the net.

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


 

Cargolifter AG
Kreuzberger Ring 21
D - 65205 Wiesbaden
GERMANY


 

tel: +49 (0)611 9748-188
fax +49 (0)611 9748-100

info@cargolifter.com


 

Coopership


 

dale@coopership.com


 

Hamilton Airship Company


 

tel: +27117062047

webmaster@hamilton.co.za


 

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


 

Manufacturer of the Ecoblimp Prototype N9243S

E-mail: ecoblimp@usa.net


 

Lockheed-Martin
1210 Massillon Road
Akron, OH 44306


 

contact:
tel: 330-796-2800

Heir to the Goodyear Aerospace Corporation.


 

Quantum Aerostatics


 

e-mail: mike@voorhees.com


 

RAD NV: Rigid Airship Design
Franse Kampweg 7
1243 JC 's-Graveland, NH
The Netherlands


 

tel: +31 (0)35-6564877
fax: +31 (0)35-6563007

e-mail: rigidair@worldonline.nl


 

Russian Aeronautial Systems, Ltd
ulitsa Stepana Shutova, 4
Moscow, 109380
Russia


 

tel: (7095) 359-1001
fax: (7095) 359-1065

e-mail: augur@com2com.ru


 

Sky Station International
1824 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
USA


 

tel: 1-202-518-0900
fax 1-202-518-0802


 

21st Century Airships Inc.
110 Pony Drive
Newmarket, L3Y 4W2
Ontario
Canada


 

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

e-mail: Hokan Colting <colt@rogerswave.ca>

Manufactured and successfully flown 6 spherical prototypes since 1991. Currently in the final stages of type certification of a 4-seater airship.


 

UPship Corporation
RT 2 Box 53-4
Elba, AL 36323


 

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

e-mail: airship@alaweb.com

For the past 12 years I have been 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.


 

Worldwide Aeros Corporation
485 Aviator Drive
Atwater, California 95301
USA


 

tel: +1 (209) 357-7000
fax: +1 (209) 357-0591

contact: Igor Pasternak, President


 

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


 

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

Currently flight testing a new technology airship intended as being the first of a fleet of short distance passenger carriers.

e-mail: info@zeppelin-nt.com




LEASING / OPERATING COMPANIES

Airship International, Ltd.
7380 Sand lake Road, Suite 200
Orlando, Florida 32819
USA

tel: +1 (407) 351-0011
fax: +1 (407) 345-0888

contact: Louis Pearlman

e-mail: AirshipOperationsInc@msn.com or AirOpsInc@aol.com

Leases Skyships and operates WDL airships.


 

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


 

tel: +1 (203) 625-0071
fax: +1 (203) 625-0065

Leases Skyships
contact: George Spyrou, Chairman

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

e-mail: Airshipms@aol.com


 

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


 

tel: (407) 932-3779
fax: (407) 932-2916

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

AirshipOperationsInc@msn.com


 

Goodyear
1144 E. Market Street
Akron, OH 44305
USA


 

tel: 330-796-2121

Public Affairs: 330-796-5351

e-mail: 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.


 

The Lightship Group
5728 Majot Boulevard
Suite 314
Orlando, FL 32819
USA


 

tel: 407-363-7777
fax: 407-363-0962

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

tel: 01952-2923
fax: 01952-2016

Leases ABC airships.


 

SkyShip Cruise Ltd.
Postfach 10

CH-8315 Lindau
Switzerland

tel: +41 52 347 15 00
fax: +41 52 347 15 04
 
Will operate the first commercial Zeppelin NT.
 
e-mail: skyship@plaza.ch


 

Virgin Lightship (active)
Telford, Shropshire
UK


 

tel: (0952) 292360
fax: (0952) 210657

Approximately 40 meters long.


 

WDL Airship, Inc.
Suite 350 1013 Centre Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19805
USA


WDL Airship, Inc.
P.O.Box 195966
Winter Springs, Florida 32708
USA

tel: +1 (407) 699-5950
fax: +1 (407) 699-6052

An airship leasing company leasing two models of airship.

contact: Paul Woessner Jr.
e-mail: pwoessner@aol.com




HYBRID KITS

Adavanced Hybrid Aircraft
96 Rankins Road
Kensington VIC 3031
Australia

Adavanced Hybrid Aircraft
"Gorse Bank"
Brookhill Road
Ramsey IM8 2H
Isle of Man
UK

Adavanced Hybrid Aircraft
PO Box 144
Eugene OR 97440
USA

tel: 1-541-344-5323

fax: +1 (541) 344-5323

e-mail: bnb@ahausa.com

 

 

 




FORMER MANUFACTURERS

Skyship Industries

No longer exists but some of its "Skyships" are operated by Airship International and Airship Management Services in the U.S. and in the U.K. by the British Government.

Westinghouse Airships, Inc.
Westinghouse Surveillance Systems, Ltd.

Currently inactive (1/96) 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.

 
This site was created, written and is maintained by John Dziadecki 1995-2014. Images and quotes that are not the author's remain in the copyright of the originator. The information contained in this website is for educational purposes only. Additions and corrections are welcomed! Please send comments, suggestions and possible links to John.Dziadecki@colorado.edu. Last update: 19 May 2006