If you've ever wished there was a faster way to travel in Minecraft, the Airship mod is for you. It adds a one-man hot air balloon with propellers to get you anywhere you need to go while safely avoiding monsters along the way. Originally created by a user named Pchan3, this once abandoned mod has since been picked up by generous modders who work on keeping it up to date.
The most valuable materials involved are two pistons and 16 iron ingots, so once you’ve got that, you’re ready to fly.
Once airborne, you’ll be amazed how easy it is to get from A to B when you don’t have to worry about navigating the landscape and dodging creepers. The airship requires fuel, so make sure you bring a decent supply of coal if you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time. You can also use wood, sticks, and gunpowder if you’re in a bind, and lava buckets if you have the lava to spare. The Airship mod for Minecraft does a pretty good job of balancing useful features with reasonable costs.
The one thing to keep in mind is that if you save the game while in the airship, you’ll no longer be inside when you load. This can be catastrophic if you save in mid flight, as you’ll immediately fall to your death. As long as you make sure to land before saving, the airship can be an invaluable tool for any player.