Sequeira, Kevin J. The Boeing Company, Long Beach, California.
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A large aerial vehicle that relies partially or wholly on buoyancy from a gas that is lighter than air. Airships are self-propelled and controllable, unlike hot-air balloons. The hull is traditionally a prolate ellipsoid, but recent designs have varied from this shape. Crew and passengers are housed in a gondola beneath the hull or in a living space within the hull.
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