Airships were first constructed a while after the Battle for the Northern Air Temple. The battle was a loss for the Fire Nation, but afterwards an experimental war balloon, made by the mechanist, was captured. It was used for some time, but it eventually became outdated and larger airships replaced it.
Ozai's airship was constructed shortly before the final battle in which Fire Lord Ozai and Avatar Aang faced off. His airship was constructed at a secret island off the coast of the Earth Kingdom. When the fleet departed the island, Sokka, Toph, and Suki arrived and managed to jump onto one of the regular airships, where they gave chase for Ozai's airship. However, Ozai's airship proved remarkably fast, leaving them unable to catch up with him.
However, just after the airship fleet proceeded to lay waste to the Earth Kingdom, Aang arrived and struck Ozai's airship with comet-enhanced firebending, striking the airship's rotors and bringing it down. Ozai abandoned his airship to carry out his final showdown with the Avatar, leaving it to crash into the forest below, rendering it inoperable.
The ship was designed after a standard Fire Nation airship, but was much larger. Due to his huge ego, Ozai was not content with having the same airship as the rest of his men, so he ordered his engineers to build a bigger one. On the front was a golden phoenix instead of the bronze dragon head that the other ships had. The ship also had walkways on its underbelly where firebenders stood and burned enemy targets. The airship also had the addition of an extra pair of intake pipes into the engines, giving a much faster airspeed than the standard airship design.
- ↑ "The Northern Air Temple". Elizabeth Welch Ehasz (writer) & Dave Filoni (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. November 4, 2005. No. 17, Book One: Water
- ↑ "Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King". Michael Dante DiMartino (writer) & Ethan Spaulding (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. July 19, 2008. No. 18, Book Three: Fire
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno". Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko (writers) & Joaquim Dos Santos (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. July 19, 2008. No. 20, Book Three: Fire
- ↑ From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.