Skip to comments.$150 Million US Army Airship Goes Down Just Hours After Launch
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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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.”
How does an airship crash? I thought they floated.
RE: How does an airship crash? I thought they floated.
It went down, it didn’t crash.
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.
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!
They worked better during the Civil War.
It’s either George Bush’s fault or global warming or obesity.
Take your pick.
The picture shows it laying in the woods like a burst balloon. That is a crash to me.
Let me guess. The congressman from Akron has high seniority on the ways and means committee.
Where are the photos?
WE HAD A GLORIOUS LAUNCH OF OUR MAGNIFICENT NEW SHIP!! ship.
oh, and it crashed.
Someone should photoshop on that picture, “Obama’s Presidency” or “U.S. Economy After Obama Presidency”
IMHO, The Army has way.... too much money.
$150M for a balloon?!
You're way off base, buddy. MSNBC has already identified the real culprits behind this fiasco: Palin and the Tea Party.
Sorry guys, I want photos of the Polish airship that rammed all those high rise buildings...and lived to tell about it!
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?
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!
Another great success for solar power.
Near Kecksburg? Hmmmmm
They forgot to make a plan for when the sun goes behind a cloud.
“Long Endurance” just isn’t what it used to be.
“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!
LOL — They aren’t fooling me with this UFO Coverup story....
lol... they keep bouncing off?
Dry gulched em at 32,000’, eh? Not bad shootin’ if ya axed me.
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?
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.
OBOGS built by Honeywell.
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