History Main / ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld

13th Apr '18 7:58:05 AM JackG
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* A short story that helped set this trope in stone is Creator/HowardWaldrop's "Custer's Last Jump". Presented as a historical article from an alternate timeline, it deals with a Battle of the Little Big Horn fought between biplanes piloted by Sioux warriors and UsefulNotes/GeorgeArmstrongCuster's airship-borne paratroopers. The "Notes" mention a famous film made about the battle: ''They Died With Their Chutes On''.

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* A short story that helped set this trope in stone is Creator/HowardWaldrop's "Custer's Last Jump". Presented as a historical article from an alternate timeline, it deals with a Battle of the Little Big Horn fought between biplanes piloted by Sioux warriors and UsefulNotes/GeorgeArmstrongCuster's airship-borne paratroopers. The "Notes" mention a famous film made about the battle: ''They ''[[Film/TheyDiedWithTheirBootsOn They Died With Their Chutes On''.On]]''.
17th Feb '18 1:10:38 AM nombretomado
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Strictly speaking, the name 'zeppelin' strictly refers only to [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships with a rigid external frame, a propulsion and steering mechanism,]] ([[BrandNameTakeover though it originally referred specifically to airships made by Luftschiffbau Zeppelin]]) and no anxiety that users will be put off by the name. Dirigibles and blimps still qualify for the trope. Alternate universe [[PlaneSpotting plane-spotters,]] take note.

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Strictly speaking, the name 'zeppelin' strictly refers only to [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships with a rigid external frame, a propulsion and steering mechanism,]] ([[BrandNameTakeover though it originally referred specifically to airships made by Luftschiffbau Zeppelin]]) and no anxiety that users will be put off by the name. Dirigibles and blimps still qualify for the trope. Alternate universe [[PlaneSpotting [[UsefulNotes/PlaneSpotting plane-spotters,]] take note.
12th Feb '18 10:58:46 AM Ulkomaalainen
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Zeppelins aren't just the fastest way to indicate that you've found yourself in an AlternateUniverse setting, they're quite often a striking symbol of dystopia. Like SpySatellites, Zeppelins can be used to survey the populace, [[PowerPerversionPotential only hundreds of times cheaper and more effectively,]] with next to unlimited endurance[[note]]Provided they do not encounter a storm, which would deprive them of solar power or cause them to use up fuel reserves to keep up with the winds[[/note]]. They are also much more visible than a satellite, obviously, often leading to their use as a PropagandaMachine, acting like [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]]'s evil Goodyear Blimp. It also helps that, thanks to the aforementioned Hindenberg, they're readily associated with ThoseWackyNazis.

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Zeppelins aren't just the fastest way to indicate that you've found yourself in an AlternateUniverse setting, they're quite often a striking symbol of dystopia. Like SpySatellites, Zeppelins can be used to survey the populace, [[PowerPerversionPotential only hundreds of times cheaper and more effectively,]] with next to unlimited endurance[[note]]Provided they do not encounter a storm, which would deprive them of solar power or cause them to use up fuel reserves to keep up with the winds[[/note]]. They are also much more visible than a satellite, obviously, often leading to their use as a PropagandaMachine, acting like [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]]'s evil Goodyear Blimp. It also helps that, thanks to the aforementioned Hindenberg, Hindenburg, they're readily associated with ThoseWackyNazis.
18th Dec '17 1:12:07 AM Cryoclaste
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* An airship features in ''VideoGame/{{Damnation}}'', for perhaps longer than it should as the folks from ''{{Unskippable}}'' point out:

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* An airship features in ''VideoGame/{{Damnation}}'', for perhaps longer than it should as the folks from ''{{Unskippable}}'' ''WebVideo/{{Unskippable}}'' point out:
28th Nov '17 7:13:23 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', what little we see of "Earth-3" includes, naturally, airships.

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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', what little we see of "Earth-3" includes, naturally, airships. Later on, Earth-X also has them, but with [[ThoseWackyNazis swastikas on the side]].
9th Oct '17 6:07:07 PM DarthWalrus
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It is important to note that the presence of [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]] doesn't imply that the technology of the AlternateUniverse is inferior. Just like with biological evolution, Zeppelins are not [[TechnologyLevels "more" or "less" evolved technology]], what's used is whatever is the best available fit for the niche. It could just as well be that Zeppelins in the AlternateHistory were better able to suit the situation than airplanes were, say if there was a [[CrapsackWorld massive resource shortage]] that demanded efficiency and payload over speed, some other economic factor, or [[ForWantOfAName simply because there wasn't a Hindenburg-Equivalent]], Zeppelins never fell out of favor to begin with.

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It is important to note that the presence of [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]] doesn't imply that the technology of the AlternateUniverse is inferior. Just like with biological evolution, Zeppelins are not [[TechnologyLevels "more" or "less" evolved technology]], what's used is whatever is the best available fit for the niche. It could just as well be that Zeppelins in the AlternateHistory were better able to suit the situation than airplanes were, say if there was a [[CrapsackWorld massive resource shortage]] that demanded efficiency and payload over speed, some other economic factor, or [[ForWantOfAName [[ForWantOfANail simply because there wasn't a Hindenburg-Equivalent]], Zeppelins never fell out of favor to begin with.
9th Oct '17 6:06:48 PM DarthWalrus
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It is important to note that the presence of [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]] doesn't imply that the technology of the AlternateUniverse is inferior. Just like with biological evolution, Zeppelins are not [[TechnologyLevels "more" or "less" evolved technology]], what's used is whatever is the best available fit for the niche. It could just as well be that Zeppelins in the AlternateHistory were better able to suit the situation than airplanes were, say if there was a [[CrapsackWorld massive resource shortage]] that demanded efficiency and payload over speed, or some other economic factor.

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It is important to note that the presence of [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]] doesn't imply that the technology of the AlternateUniverse is inferior. Just like with biological evolution, Zeppelins are not [[TechnologyLevels "more" or "less" evolved technology]], what's used is whatever is the best available fit for the niche. It could just as well be that Zeppelins in the AlternateHistory were better able to suit the situation than airplanes were, say if there was a [[CrapsackWorld massive resource shortage]] that demanded efficiency and payload over speed, or some other economic factor.
factor, or [[ForWantOfAName simply because there wasn't a Hindenburg-Equivalent]], Zeppelins never fell out of favor to begin with.
23rd Sep '17 6:17:42 PM rva98014
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More recently, airships are making a comeback for niches such as [[http://www.zeppelinflug.de/zeppelin-nt-main-en.html pleasure cruising]], humanitarian aid, [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/28/p791_ordered_for_canadian_oilsands/ replacing helicopter for cargo hauling]], law enforcement, [[http://www.as.northropgrumman.com/products/lemv/ military surveillance]], photography, and scientific research. This resurgence has been enabled by new technologies and designs that mitigate the airships' disadvantages and greatly enhance their lift, safety and speed - by hybridizing them with airplanes and tiltrotors.

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More recently, airships are making a comeback for niches such as [[http://www.zeppelinflug.de/zeppelin-nt-main-en.html pleasure cruising]], cruising, humanitarian aid, [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/28/p791_ordered_for_canadian_oilsands/ replacing helicopter for cargo hauling]], law enforcement, [[http://www.as.northropgrumman.com/products/lemv/ military surveillance]], surveillance, photography, and scientific research. This resurgence has been enabled by new technologies and designs that mitigate the airships' disadvantages and greatly enhance their lift, safety and speed - by hybridizing them with airplanes and tiltrotors.
22nd Sep '17 2:05:54 PM BURGINABC
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In our world, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelins actually seemed to be doing pretty well]] up until [[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg May 6, 1937.]] People adored them, they were seen as [[ZeeRust extremely glamorous and futuristic.]] The world-famous LZ-127 ''Graf Zeppelin'' had accomplished global circumnavigations, arctic explorations, and aviation feats that people had only dreamed of. No passengers had ever been injured or killed on a Zeppelin flight since they were invented over thirty years prior, which put them leagues ahead of the era's much smaller and frailer (though faster) airplanes. Although non-Zeppelin airships had suffered a few highly-publicized crashes, the Zeppelins themselves seemed immune. But in 1937, at the zenith of the Zeppelins' development, the flagship luxury liner ''[[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg Hindenburg]]'' burst into flames for no apparent reason, the first major catastrophe ''caught on film.'' This Hydrogen fire, which killed roughly a third of the passengers and crew on board, created a global panic. No commercial Zeppelin would fly again until 1999, though a few of relatively tiny nonrigid "blimps" had continued to operate, remaining relevant only in small niches such as aerial videography.

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In our world, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelins actually seemed to be doing pretty well]] up until [[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg May 6, 1937.]] People adored them, they were seen as [[ZeeRust extremely glamorous and futuristic.]] The world-famous LZ-127 ''Graf Zeppelin'' had accomplished global circumnavigations, arctic explorations, and aviation feats that people had only dreamed of. No passengers had ever been injured or killed on a Zeppelin flight since they were invented over thirty years prior, which put them leagues ahead of the era's much smaller and frailer (though faster) airplanes. Although non-Zeppelin airships had suffered a few highly-publicized crashes, the Zeppelins themselves seemed immune. But in 1937, at the zenith of the Zeppelins' development, the flagship luxury liner ''[[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg Hindenburg]]'' burst into flames for no apparent reason, the first major catastrophe ''caught on film.'' This Hydrogen fire, which killed roughly a third of the passengers and crew on board, created a global panic. No commercial Zeppelin would fly again until 1999, though a few of relatively tiny nonrigid "blimps" had continued to operate, remaining relevant only in small niches such as aerial videography.
22nd Sep '17 2:05:28 PM BURGINABC
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In our world, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelins actually seemed to be doing pretty well]] up until [[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg May 6, 1937.]] People adored them, they were seen as [[ZeeRust extremely glamorous and futuristic.]] The world-famous LZ-127 ''Graf Zeppelin'' had accomplished global circumnavigations, arctic explorations, and aviation feats that people had only dreamed of. No passengers had ever been injured or killed on a Zeppelin flight since they were invented over thirty years prior, which put them leagues ahead of the era's much smaller and frailer (though faster) airplanes. Although non-Zeppelin airships had suffered a few highly-publicized crashes, the Zeppelins themselves seemed immune. But in 1937, at the zenith of the Zeppelins' development, the flagship luxury liner ''[[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg Hindenburg]]'' burst into flames for no apparent reason, the first major catastrophe ''caught on film.'' This Hydrogen fire, which killed roughly a third of the passengers and crew on board, created a global panic. No commercial Zeppelin would fly again until 1999, though relatively tiny nonrigid "blimps" had continued to operate in relative stagnation.

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In our world, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelins actually seemed to be doing pretty well]] up until [[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg May 6, 1937.]] People adored them, they were seen as [[ZeeRust extremely glamorous and futuristic.]] The world-famous LZ-127 ''Graf Zeppelin'' had accomplished global circumnavigations, arctic explorations, and aviation feats that people had only dreamed of. No passengers had ever been injured or killed on a Zeppelin flight since they were invented over thirty years prior, which put them leagues ahead of the era's much smaller and frailer (though faster) airplanes. Although non-Zeppelin airships had suffered a few highly-publicized crashes, the Zeppelins themselves seemed immune. But in 1937, at the zenith of the Zeppelins' development, the flagship luxury liner ''[[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg Hindenburg]]'' burst into flames for no apparent reason, the first major catastrophe ''caught on film.'' This Hydrogen fire, which killed roughly a third of the passengers and crew on board, created a global panic. No commercial Zeppelin would fly again until 1999, though a few of relatively tiny nonrigid "blimps" had continued to operate operate, remaining relevant only in relative stagnation.
small niches such as aerial videography.
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