Airships are quintessentially Steampunk, and their attractiveness is further increased by their lack of a substantial presence in today’s world. After the Hindenburg disaster, people were pretty turned off by the idea of airships and thus turned to fixed wing aircraft to conquer the skies.
Things are changing, however, and airships are getting a serious reconsideration. Recently 10 Airships of the Present Day — and Near Future was published by io9 and features some pretty incredible airship technology that is sure to be of interest to Steampunks.
A lovely compliment to this article is another post I wrote in the not too distant past entitled The Future of Airships. You can read it here to learn more about airships as an increasingly viable means of transportation in a resource scarce world.