Airships are an uncommon method of transport in modern Tamriel, but have been used by many of the races of Tamriel.
A prominent member of the Mages Guild created a patchwork airship out of Dwemer parts for an expedition to Solstheim, however, the airship crashed into the Isinfier Plains and all the crew died due to the cold and hunger. This same airship was home to a camp of Rieklings in 4E 201.
Dragons can be ridden by those they deem fit to do so. The Last Dragonborn is one known example of a rider, as they flew to Skuldafn on the back of Odahviing, they also rode the dragon Sahrotaar in Apocrypha.
The Welkynars of Cloudrest tamed the native gryphons and used them as mounts. Given the city's central location on the island of Summerset, and with the help of these flying creatures, the Welkynars were able to quickly render aid across the entire realm.
Hot Air Balloons
The Altmer of the Merethic Era had the Sun Birds of Alinor, which were known to have traveled Aetherius and collected genuine celestial mineral that created the great Orrery at Firsthold. They were dissolved due to the untenable expenditures required to reach magic by magicka. They are described as being made of crystal and solidified sunlight, and having gem-encrusted mini-trebuchets fit for sailing which fire pure aetheric fire, and banners listing their ancestors all the way back to the Dawn.[UOL 2]
- Airship Captain's Journal — Captain Roberto Jodoin
- Corpse Preparation
- Glacier Crawl cutscene
- Captain Nym's dialogue
- The World-Eater's Eyrie quest in Skyrim
- Apocrypha (Waking Dreams) quest in Skyrim
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Arena Supermundus: The Tapestry of Heaven — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
Note: The following references are deemed to be unofficial sources. They are referenced to round off the information in this article and may not consist of definitive lore.
- Special ZOS Lore Master Interview with Lawrence Schick
- Michael Kirkbride's posts, The Imperial Library