Failed innovation? Is it innovation if it failed?

Airship picture from Larry's U.S. Navy Airship Picture Book

If some thing fails, is there still a possibility it is innovative? False-Failed Innovation talks about the airships in the early 1900's that were thought to be innovative solutions to then pressing needs. Then came airplanes and the Hindenburg... Yet inflight refueling, originally pioneered in the 1920s and set aside by the Army Air Corp, was "rediscovered" in the 1940s and is now a standard practice to extend an aircraft's range.


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