||The Reference on Airships
Memphis Airships Inc.
Memphis Airships Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee, has built and flown several
non-rigid airships in the past ten years. The
Ultrablimp, a one person ultralight helium airship with a volume of
232 m3 driven by a 15 HP Yamaha engine, was the first one.
They also built the Zephyr 200, a more performing blimp with a
24 HP König engine. Two Zephyr 200s were ordered by the
to be used as testbed for a new radar system.
The Zephyr 500 flown by
(Image courtesy of
Interface Airships Inc.)
The last project was the larger Zephyr 500, a descendant of the
Zephyr 200, driven by two 24 HP König engines. Unfortuantely
could not be completed before the company went into bankruptcy.
The Zephyr 500 was acquired by
Interface Airships Inc.
while the employees were re-grouped in a new company called
Interface completed the Zephyr 500 and flew it for the first time in
March 1996. It will be used for environmental research. Maximage
specializes in the manufacture of aerostat and blimp envelopes
with related assemblies.