The ground handling of airships is complicated as a result of the fragility of the airship structure, its continual variation in buoyancy (internal temperature lags behind ambient), and the large surface it presents to the wind (Camplin 167ff).

All airship operations are affected by the wind, and the effect is far greater than on aircraft, because airships are so much larger. The force exerted by the wind on an airship is proportional to the projected area perpendicular to the wind . . .

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