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$150 Million US Army Airship Goes Down Just Hours After Launch
Business Insider ^ | 07/28/2011 | Robert Johnson

Posted on 07/28/2011 11:22:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The U.S. Army launched its new $150 million High Altitude Long Endurance airship in Akron Wednesday only to watch it come down in some Pennsylvania woods just hours later.

According to Akron's Fox 8, the solar powered blimp went down in Greene County, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh.

Intended to provide satellite type communications and surveillance above the Jet Stream, the ship hit 32,000 feet when an "anomaly" forced operators to abort the flight.

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Society
KEYWORDS: aerospace; airship; army; solarairship


1 posted on 07/28/2011 11:22:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

SOURCE: http://www.fox8.com/news/wjw-news-akron-ohio-blimp-crash,0,809662.story

Through a public relations company, Lockheed Martin issued the following statement:

“The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin had a successful launch of the HALE-D aircraft from Akron, Ohio at 5:47 a.m. The aircraft ascended as planned up to 32,000 feet along the prepared flight profile. However, an anomaly prevented our ability to ascend to the target 60,000 feet. A decision was made to end the flight and make a controlled descent into a non-populated area in southwestern Pennsylvania at 8:26 a.m.”


2 posted on 07/28/2011 11:23:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

How does an airship crash? I thought they floated.


3 posted on 07/28/2011 11:25:35 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: SeekAndFind
Cool.
Maybe time to reopen Moffett Naval Air Station?
4 posted on 07/28/2011 11:26:46 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: crusty old prospector

RE: How does an airship crash? I thought they floated.

It went down, it didn’t crash.


5 posted on 07/28/2011 11:31:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind
They should know better than to associate Akron and airships.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Akron_(ZRS-4)

6 posted on 07/28/2011 11:32:37 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: crusty old prospector
How does an airship crash? I thought they floated.

Did it crash or just have to land in Pennsylvania?

The Goodyear blimp is loaded to be slightly heavier than air with the engines keeping it aloft. If the engines break it will gradually come down. Maybe this was the same and it lost engine power.

7 posted on 07/28/2011 11:32:45 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Dems demanding shared sacrifice are like Aztec priests doing it while cutting out my heart.)
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To: crusty old prospector

I read about the Polish terrorists who hi-jacked a blimp outside of New York City and have so far rammed 25 high rise buildings!


8 posted on 07/28/2011 11:33:00 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: crusty old prospector

They worked better during the Civil War.

It’s either George Bush’s fault or global warming or obesity.

Take your pick.


9 posted on 07/28/2011 11:33:10 AM PDT by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards insulting and lying to me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The picture shows it laying in the woods like a burst balloon. That is a crash to me.


10 posted on 07/28/2011 11:34:29 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: SeekAndFind

Let me guess. The congressman from Akron has high seniority on the ways and means committee.


11 posted on 07/28/2011 11:34:47 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Redleg Duke

Where are the photos?


12 posted on 07/28/2011 11:35:57 AM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: WestwardHo

13 posted on 07/28/2011 11:38:09 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SeekAndFind
Don't you love public relations?

WE HAD A GLORIOUS LAUNCH OF OUR MAGNIFICENT NEW SHIP!! ship.

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oh, and it crashed.

14 posted on 07/28/2011 11:38:28 AM PDT by DManA
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To: WestwardHo

15 posted on 07/28/2011 11:39:56 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: WestwardHo

16 posted on 07/28/2011 11:41:50 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: SIDENET

Someone should photoshop on that picture, “Obama’s Presidency” or “U.S. Economy After Obama Presidency”


17 posted on 07/28/2011 11:42:24 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: WestwardHo

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2019454/US-Armys-150m-super-blimp-high-altitude-airship-crash-landing-hours-launch.html


18 posted on 07/28/2011 11:44:00 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: DManA

IMHO, The Army has way.... too much money.


19 posted on 07/28/2011 11:44:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

$150M for a balloon?!


20 posted on 07/28/2011 11:49:48 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: donhunt
It’s either George Bush’s fault or global warming or obesity

You're way off base, buddy. MSNBC has already identified the real culprits behind this fiasco: Palin and the Tea Party.

/s

21 posted on 07/28/2011 11:49:51 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Truth29; RckyRaCoCo; SIDENET; Redleg Duke

Sorry guys, I want photos of the Polish airship that rammed all those high rise buildings...and lived to tell about it!
LOL!


22 posted on 07/28/2011 11:51:08 AM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: SeekAndFind
Big Big Bigtime cover up...again.

There were numerous reports of unknown lights in the sky around Akron last night. There were several crafts traveling at an unbelievable rate of speed and one of them is said to have crashed.

Yeah,...a balloon....sure it is. And all those flights last night to and from Akron to Wright Pat were ‘just routine’ right? And the bodies that were recovered are just dummies...right?

23 posted on 07/28/2011 11:52:57 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: grobdriver

From the pics, it looks like they used the old Goodyear Zeppelin shed in Akron. My dad worked there in the early ‘30s. Think that they built the Akron and the Macon there!


24 posted on 07/28/2011 11:54:06 AM PDT by catman67
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To: catman67

Another great success for solar power.


25 posted on 07/28/2011 12:00:07 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Near Kecksburg? Hmmmmm


26 posted on 07/28/2011 12:03:49 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: SeekAndFind

$150 million?
Really?
Sheesh.


27 posted on 07/28/2011 12:06:20 PM PDT by MistrX
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To: SeekAndFind

They forgot to make a plan for when the sun goes behind a cloud.

Thud.


28 posted on 07/28/2011 12:08:31 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Throw away your papers, blow up your TV...and set yourself free.)
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To: MistrX

$150 million?
Really?
Sheesh.


The United States borrows around $150M an hour. Almost all of it is squandered on garbage like this, and worse (entitlement spending).


29 posted on 07/28/2011 12:12:44 PM PDT by KingOfVagabonds
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To: SeekAndFind

“Long Endurance” just isn’t what it used to be.


30 posted on 07/28/2011 12:14:36 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: SeekAndFind
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31 posted on 07/28/2011 12:32:28 PM PDT by Sax
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To: Redleg Duke

“I read about the Polish terrorists who hi-jacked a blimp outside of New York City and have so far rammed 25 high rise buildings!”

Hey ... I’m Polish and was offended by this. It was 42, not a mere 25!


32 posted on 07/28/2011 12:36:33 PM PDT by edh (I need a better tagline)
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL — They aren’t fooling me with this UFO Coverup story....


33 posted on 07/28/2011 12:38:14 PM PDT by Rider of the Storm
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To: Redleg Duke

lol... they keep bouncing off?


34 posted on 07/28/2011 12:40:54 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Leaning Right

Dry gulched em at 32,000’, eh? Not bad shootin’ if ya axed me.


35 posted on 07/28/2011 12:49:12 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: SeekAndFind
Video of the launch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2mYxoPGghA
36 posted on 07/28/2011 1:53:50 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: crusty old prospector
How does an airship crash? I thought they floated.

They float until they come down. Then they softly crash.
37 posted on 07/28/2011 3:20:51 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: SeekAndFind

Lockheed-Martin? Humph. Same people that can’t get the F-35 done either on time or on budget or to specifications? Same people that built the WAAAAAY over budget F-22 that we can’t afford but only a few of? Same people who built the F-22 that is now grounded because the pilots are being poisoned by something in the life support system air?

Same ones?

Maybe they aren’t a very good defense contractor or just stick to building C-130s.

Looks like their glory days of building things like SR-71, U-2 and such are behind them.


38 posted on 07/28/2011 4:44:29 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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Same people who built the F-22 that is now grounded because the pilots are being poisoned by something in the life support system air?

OBOGS built by Honeywell.

39 posted on 07/31/2011 8:31:48 AM PDT by hattend (As always... FUJM.)
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