DIRIGIBLE SCOUT by William F. Hallstead

DIRIGIBLE SCOUT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

When Ensign Wick Thatcher is assigned to that ""old gas bag,"" the Baltimore, he's angry and disappointed, but adapting the dirigible for use as an airborne aircraft carrier becomes a challenge and a commitment. Wick flies the Sparrowhawk plane designed for the project over the objections of Captain Jake Ackerman, a stubborn supporter of LTA (lighter than air) only. The HTA (heavier...) and LTA men learn to work together, surviving several exciting near- disasters through cooperation, but the climax establishes the superiority of the airplane over the big balloon--the Baltimore goes down in a storm, the Sparrowhawk radios in the rescue. Set in the 1930's, a virile, tightly written story with much fascinating detail on the mechanics and problems of the now-historical flying machine.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1967
Publisher: McKay