C'est le Blimp, François! C'est le Blimp! BBC: Airship's Channel crossing fails A French amateur pilot's attempt to be the first to cross the channel on a pedal-propelled airship has failed. All those professional pedal-propelled airship pilots must be laughing their heads off. By Richard Carter A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation. View all of Richard Carter's posts.