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Dirigibles: Topics in Chronicling America

Search Strategies & Selected Articles

The links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in Chronicling America. You can further explore the topic of "Early Dirigibles" using the following search strategies:

  • Use the following terms in combination, proximity, or as a phrase:
    aerian, aero car, aeronaut, aerostat, aerostatic, airship, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Count Zeppelin, Deutsch Prize, dirigible, gondola, Henri Giffard, Hiram Maxim, Roy Knabenshue, Thomas Baldwin, St. Louis World’s Fair.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.
  • Be prepared to distinguish between articles about dirigibles and those about early airplanes. Dirigibles operate on the buoyancy of gas, whereas airplanes were often called "heavier than air." Aeroplane, aerodrome, and monoplane were among the most common names of early airplanes.

Selected Articles from Chronicling America