So I was looking at old airships and a thought crossed my mind. Would a rocket that benefited from being lighter than air travel faster than standard rockets. I know the current designs are pretty quick - something like 8 minutes from Earth's surface to orbit. However, they are extremely expensive to make and dangerous. I always find lighter than air, aircraft to be fascinating. I know society seems to think it is an obsolete method for air travel but I would argue the exact opposite. The old USS Akron aircraft carrier seems like to coolest thing built in the last 100 years and one only need look at the amazing interior of Hindenburg to realize what mankind is missing out on.
As most know, the old airships used propellers for propulsion. Everybody says how they don't fare well in wind and storms. It seems like the answer is simply in new propulsion methods.
I imagine the answer could go either way. If the ship or rocket was small enough than perhaps we would see something really fast, maybe not though. I think the issue then would be not ripping apart from the g forces.