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Writing epic fantasy, there is no modern technology and no magic that could propel my airship. It is supposed to hold a large pub/brothel in it, with a few rooms.

  • How large would you say this airship has to be?
  • What would the logistics of flying it be?
  • Can it be flown by gas? If not, then what?

Behold the Kay Z's flying club for gentlemen

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closed as primarily opinion-based by L.Dutch Nov 29 '18 at 2:03

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    $\begingroup$ Airships.net, notably the Hindenburg. Also, Hindenburg class airship on Wikipedia. Please note that airships without early 20th century technology are quite problematic. $\endgroup$ – AlexP Nov 29 '18 at 1:01
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexP problematic how? is there anyway I could make this work within an apic fantasy environment set around 1500's in my own world? $\endgroup$ – kai Z Nov 29 '18 at 1:05
  • $\begingroup$ The underlined text fragments are clickable links. Follow them. Problematic because without aluminium and Diesel engines I don't see how one could build an airship. (OK, wood may work instead of aluminium for a particularly small airship, but you want a big one. And Diesels are non-negotiable.) $\endgroup$ – AlexP Nov 29 '18 at 1:08
  • $\begingroup$ It depends entirely on what fantastical elements you want to include. Think of it as a shopping list: your airship has some requirements (summarized in the links above) that normal 16th-century technology cannot meet, so you'll have to make up the difference with something - magic or super-materials or what have you. $\endgroup$ – Cadence Nov 29 '18 at 1:10
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    $\begingroup$ It's your airship, you do it as big as you need. If you don't give us any concrete information it's hard to answer other than that. $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch Nov 29 '18 at 2:04
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How large would you say this airship has to be?

It depends on how many patrons you wish to serve. The smallest dirigible ever could only hold one person in a cage below it, whereas the largest was designed to carry up to 90 people including passengers and crew. The funny thing is that the same wiki also mentions it carried 2,798 people in ten round trips, which would average almost 140 people per trip - must have been really tight.

What would the logistics of flying it be?

The same as for any dirigible trip, plus the logistics of a pub, plus the logistics of a brothel.

I imagine you will be picking up the patrons at an airport, and then taking them either back to the same airport or another one. Should be troublesome to exit a brothel via a one-mile drop otherwise.

Can it be flown by gas? If not, then what?

Historically these things have been flown by being filled with gases that are lighter than air. If you meant gas as in gasoline, I believe diesel is more efficient for the engines required to move dirigibles around. In any case diesel was the fuel for the Hindenburg.

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    $\begingroup$ The Zeppelins used Diesel engines because of the perceived incompatibility of spark plugs (and their Delcos) and hydrogen. Otherwise, Otto engines have much better power/weight than Diesels. $\endgroup$ – AlexP Nov 29 '18 at 1:41
  • $\begingroup$ @renan thank you! very informative! I think the Hindenburg is a good size to go off of as I want to carry around 90 people anyway. $\endgroup$ – kai Z Nov 29 '18 at 1:42

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