(Not to be confused with other flying contraptions.)
Hello and welcome, my fellow Minecraftians! I am quite pleased that you have taken the time to read this thread, and hope that you will take my ideas into consideration. Now, before you read any further, I wish it to be know that I did, in fact, do a search. All similar ideas that I saw were, frankly, less-than-reasonable and seemed as if they were dreamed-up within five minutes. This, to me, is the first truly serious attempt at creating an "airship."
Now, I probably know what you're thinking: "Oh, great. Another Balloon/Blimp/Plane suggestion." Well, you are partially correct, HOWEVER, my ideas stretch far further than the other attempts I have seen. For you see, I have toiled nigh-endlessly for a week, factoring-in every little detail into this suggestion and taking both advantages and disadvantages into account; I have even taken the time to add the dangers of flight! But enough with this blithering on about how this idea will fail, let us get on with the idea itself!
HOW TO BUILD IT
Now, to construct a Prof. Hawke's Patented Gravity-Defying Device, or PGDD Mk.I for short, you cannot simply add materials into the Crafting Menu and build it in one shot, for there are multiple components that are needed in order to create it! The components I speak of are: A Hull, A Powerplant, A Balloon, and a Propulsion System.
Firstly, the Hull. To create the Hull, simply build a Boat as you would normally. For those who do not know what a Boat is (it's doubtful, but there may be people who do not know), I shall supply you with the recipe.
  
Follow this recipe, and you will have the Hull for your PGDD Mk.I in no time!
Secondly, your contraption will need a power source. In this case, we shall use a Furnace. Simply place the Furnace and Hull into the Crafting Menu like you would to create a Powered Minecart. Again, if you do not know how to do this, I shall supply a recipe. In this case, I shall be using the "wood" sprite to symbolize the Hull.
  
There we are! We're half way there, but there are still a number of things which need to be created before we can get off the ground (pun intended).
Thirdly, the Balloon. To create the Balloon, you will need eight blocks of cloth arranged in a "box" pattern (Exactly how you would create a chest or furnace). I shall use "sheep" as a stand-in for cloth in the below recipe.
This will give you a Balloon (and a use for your surplus cloth), but you cannot add it to the PGDD Mk.I just yet. That will come later.
LASTLY, the Propulsion System. The PGDD Mk. I uses an aft-mounted Propeller for forward movement, which can be created by using the below recipe.
Simple enough, right? Hang on there. We're not done yet. Now, you must take your new Propeller and add a Rudder system to it, unless you want to drift aimlessly in the sky. To do that, you must follow the below recipe. In this, I shall use "Cobblestone" as a stand-in for the Propeller.
NOW you may add the Propeller and Balloon to the PGDD Mk.I. Follow the recipe below, and you will soon have your very own Flying Contraption. (The Balloon with be substituted with Sheep once more, the Propeller with Solid Stone and the Hull with Wood in the following recipe)
  
And there you have it! The PGDD Mk.I is ready to taker to the skies. Now, to operate this flying beastie.
HOW TO CONTROL IT
To start, you will need Coal to feed the Furnace, much like you would with a Powered Minecart (One piece of Coal will last for about Two Minutes of flight before the PGDD Mk.I comes crashing down, so you had best plan ahead before taking off). Once the Furnace has sufficient fuel, right-click to enter the PGDD Mk.I. Use the "Up" arrow key on your keyboard to ascend, and the "Down" arrow key to descend. To steer, simply use the "Right" and "Left" arrow keys, or look in the direction you wish to go, like you would with a Boat.
UPS and DOWNS
The advantages the PGDD Mk.I brings to the average Minecraftian is the ability to travel great distances without having to risk life and limb on the ground (no longer will you be restricted to your base when night falls, just hope you don't fall). Also, having been built from a Boat, the PGDD Mk.I is capable of landing (and even sailing) on water, making it even more versatile.
But, as with anything in this world we live in, there's always a downside. If you run out of fuel, the PGDD Mk.I will come crashing down from the heavens, taking you with it (as I said before, "plan ahead")! It is also quite slow, as one might expect. On top of this, it is quite fragile (though not as fragile as a standard Boat), meaning that it can only take so much punishment (bangs, sword strikes, arrows, TNT Cannon fire) before falling apart. (Sometimes with explosive results!)
So, there you have it. A well-balanced contraption that offers unique advantages and disadvantages, yet still stays true to the creative nature of Minecraft. Please, write feedback, critiques and suggestions below. I will take any suggestions/alterations into account (as long as they're within reason).
LAST MINUTE INFO: The way I have this pictured in my mind is a Two-Block wide, Six-Block long and Three/Four-Block tall "Moveable" structure ("Movable" meaning like a Minecart or Boat"). Food for thought.
A couple of suggestions.
Coal is a dime a dozen. From my experience coal comes in 10-20 block veins, 2 minutes a piece seems a little much. Maybe thirty seconds? If you fly high enough, you're clear from just about everything, so the fuel shouldn't be able to give you half an hour or more of flight from a single coal vein.
If you ask me, the turning shouldn't be great. Give it a 'freight train' feel to it- starts off slow, gradually gets faster, like the boat. And, like the boat, if you crash- it breaks. But in a blimp, when it breaks, so do you.
My 2 cents, a pretty cool idea in my opinion.
you should have done a search for the term "Airships"
You could have found either this this thread, in which I am working to incorporate Airship balloons into the same building method as modular ships, or you could check out this thread that the airship section was partially inspired by.
Great idea, but might i suggest using leather? seems more logically and airtight than wool, plus that'd give cow skin more than one purpose since wool already has multiple uses. The recipe for it would be like building a chest but instead of using wood blocks you use skins, or to make more of a resource draw have you create a few "sheets" of leather than craft them into a balloon using my past mentioned recipe. What do you think about that?
You've got a fine head on your shoulders, mr. professor sir!
I have a slight concern, though...
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HOW TO CONTROL IT
To start, you will need Coal to feed the Furnace, much like you would with a Powered Minecart (One piece of Coal will last for about Two Minutes of flight before the PGDD Mk.I comes crashing down, so you had best plan ahead before taking off).
How About floating down instead of crashing? Not like I would know anything about blimps but my imagination says it would seem nicer if the air cooled slowly in the balloon, gently descending to earth...
No crashing down seems to work in my head, maybe even with redstone torches that flash on and off.
This is a jolly good idea my dear professor for the one man gravity-defying device. It will be common vehicle for the average man to use. Like wise the transit system for the average man will consist of teleport relays like the ones seen here.
All role-playing aside, would we be able to make the PGDD mk. I out of any other materials, say iron for example(even though you would be making minecarts instead)?
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By God, this little invention of mine seems to have gotten a bit of attention during my absence. Well, I surely would not wish to disappoint my following, so I will take into consideration all of the ideas that my fellow inventors have concocted (with credit given where credit is due, of course).
Edit: A few questions I wish to answer.
I wish to point out that before this post was made, I did in fact have the foresight to search for similar contraptions. Nowhere in my search did I see your thread and the similar suggestions I did see were little more than insults to a truly remarkable suggestion. Having said that, I respect your opinion and will take your feedback into consideration. After all, a true inventor relies on all feedback from his fellow inventors, be it good or bad.
Yes, the PGDD Mk.i can float if it were to land on water. It is clearly stated in the "Ups and Downs" section. As for the "Floating rather than Crashing" bit, I see what you may mean. However, consider this. At the altitudes you might be flying this contraption at, take note that the atmosphere is very cold. If the furnace were to run out of fuel, the air within the flotation device would quickly cool, resulting in your rapid descent to Earth. If this sounds a bit off, remember that we are under Minecraftian physics.