NgauNgau wrote:You mean, we could've had commercially viable blimp travel if it weren't for one really stupid mistake?
I want my Blimp Airways!
There were other problems with lighter than air craft, and they led to assorted other wrecks; they're rather fragile, and hard to control in bad weather. They're also expensive to operate, and tricky to unload (they tend to want to rise when they lose ballast). Still, some of these problems have been dealt with, and they have great fuel economy compared to heavier than air craft; so we may well see Dirigible Air by and by.
Btw; blimps aren't rigid, dirigibles are. The latter would be much more useful to handle significant cargo or passenger loads. Heck; someday everyone in America could by flying one. We could truly be one nation in dirigible!