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Thunderbird 2 is go! Gigantic amphibious airship which could revolutionise air travel..
UK Daily Mail ^ | September 11, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 09/11/2013 5:16:51 AM PDT by C19fan

Zeppelins were once considered the future of air transport - but after the horror of the Hindenburg disaster, they disappeared from the skies for more than 75 years. Now a pioneering aviation firm hopes to bring back the airships in a bid to revolutionise the global market in transporting freight. The Aeroscraft is built using innovative technology which allows it to control its flight better than previous airships, so it should avoid the problems experienced by the first generation of zeppelins.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Science; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: zeppelin
Really neat looking.
1 posted on 09/11/2013 5:16:51 AM PDT by C19fan
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2 posted on 09/11/2013 5:21:01 AM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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3 posted on 09/11/2013 5:22:14 AM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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4 posted on 09/11/2013 5:25:20 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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115 MPH IAS top end. About like our old Aeronca Champ on a good day.

Will require good flight planning for winds aloft.

Be really cool for heavy lifting jobs too - like bridge structures *IF* it can hover well. (vs. the Sky Crane)


5 posted on 09/11/2013 5:25:32 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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[In the photos with the article] The guy on the left was a crewman on the Hindenburg, wasn’t he?

;-)


6 posted on 09/11/2013 5:29:32 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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It would be neater if they had one which could move oil rigs...without the assembly and disassembly of the truck portable units we have now.


7 posted on 09/11/2013 5:30:21 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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I can see these being very useful for disaster relief.


8 posted on 09/11/2013 5:32:57 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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Its feet and belly button are kind of cute. I’d feel a little better if it didn’t fly with its eyes closed.


9 posted on 09/11/2013 5:33:00 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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but after the horror of the Hindenburg disaster, they disappeared from the skies for more than 75 years

Blatantly stupid and ignorant journalists are a scourge.
10 posted on 09/11/2013 5:55:27 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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The location is the former Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Tustin, CA and these hangers were originally for the Naval/Marine Blimps. Base was closed in 1999.


blimp tethered outside blimp hangar. (may not be Tustin)


Navy K-class blimps are stored in a Tustin hangar circa 1942.

11 posted on 09/11/2013 6:04:36 AM PDT by SES1066 (To expect courteous government is insanity!)
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What's the word?
Thunderbird!
12 posted on 09/11/2013 6:16:06 AM PDT by BipolarBob
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I hope it is successful. I’d love to travel by airship.


13 posted on 09/11/2013 6:29:18 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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"What's the word?

Thunderbird!" Whats the price?

30 twice!

This was the refrain on "Thunderbird" wine in the 60's (I do believe I've just time dated myself). :O)

14 posted on 09/11/2013 6:30:54 AM PDT by Old Badger (Don't bother me! I still like Palin because she will tell like it is!)
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Could have been very useful addition to the logistics package for afganistan. 250 metric tonnes for the largest version, might take 10 trucks off the road.


15 posted on 09/11/2013 6:32:42 AM PDT by Kaisersrsic
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Its a big target that moves too slow militarily.

But for civilian cargo ut looks efficient, especially for things like oil rigs as suggested by another poster, or storage tanks and large hvac units for commercial buildings. Or prefabricated houses.

All those things difficult to move on the roadways.


16 posted on 09/11/2013 6:41:42 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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Great. Now all a terrorist hijacker needs is a hang-glider and a pin to send thousands of Americans to their death. Who the EFF thought this was a good idea?

LMAO!!!!

8^D

17 posted on 09/11/2013 6:45:46 AM PDT by Gargantua ("Da amber lamps. Bring dem..." LMFFAO!!!!)
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More like Thunderbird 6:


18 posted on 09/11/2013 7:37:49 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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Have you heard? What’s the word? It’s Thunderbird.


19 posted on 09/11/2013 7:39:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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My reference is from ZZ Top Fandango.


20 posted on 09/11/2013 7:40:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
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250 tons of lift is pretty significant. Airships could easily be used for a lot of things that can’t readily be shipped overland. If it is truely economical to operate, it could also mean that manufacturing facilities for some things that today need to be in areas that can provide transport (i.e., near shipyards and such), could be located elsewhere. Or it might change the manufacturing processes, such that some larger things wouldn’t be shipped in smaller pieces like they are today, and assembled on-site. You could assemble it all at the factory, then ship the entire unit. Interesting possibilities.


21 posted on 09/11/2013 11:27:08 AM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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