USN Airship Pilot’s Manual for the K-Type
United States Navy K-Type Airships: Pilot’s Manual, Goodyear Aircraft Corp. Akron Ohio, 1942, Contract Numbers NOs 78121 and NOa(s)-257, 106 pp.
Airships, and blimp pilots prefer to call their aircraft airships, fly with effortless ease in a neutrally buoyant state with the earth coasting by instead of the aircraft in movement. Tubing or rafting is a river of air. Marvelous.
The crew must have little to do except navigate and pay attention to the weather.
Airship crews have calculations, as well as graph interpretations, aplenty to stay atop of in preflight planning and piloting. Blimps are properly called airships and this pilot’s manual is thorough. It is clearly written and is an excellent primer on flight considerations in lighter-than-air flight. Fixed wing pilots would benefit from a read as well as students in math and science—those who are intrigued by application, especially.
The PDF download is free and can be found here, United States Navy K-Type Airships: Pilot’s Manual.