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World’s largest aircraft unveiled and hailed ‘game changer’
Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:55PM GMT 28 Feb 2014 | Claire Carter

Posted on 02/28/2014 11:18:27 PM PST by Olog-hai

The world’s largest aircraft, which can stay airborne for up to three weeks and will be vital in delivering several tonnes of humanitarian aid as well as transporting heavy freight across the world, has been unveiled.

The 300-ft (91-m) ship is part plane, airship and helicopter, and there are plans to eventually use it to transport hundreds of tonnes of freight across difficult terrain throughout the world as well as deliver aid to risky areas.

It is environmentally friendly, being part airship filled with inert helium, and will also be used for surveillance and communications. Developers hope to make more of the “green vehicles”, which they hope to make capable of taking off from land, water, desert, ice and fields. …

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Travel
KEYWORDS: hybridaircraft

1 posted on 02/28/2014 11:18:28 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
It's a blimp. I see very little that is innovative about this. Very little that is akin to an airplane (where are the wings for lift?), very little akin to helicopters (where is the rotating airfoil for lift?). . . all I see is a flattened out blimp that may be somewhat shaped like a lifting body with rotatable nacelles. And at 300 feet, it's hardly the largest.

Hell, I wrote a paper in high school proposing this very thing back in the 1960s.

2 posted on 02/28/2014 11:26:21 PM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: Olog-hai

That’s not even half the length of the hindenberg.


3 posted on 02/28/2014 11:31:55 PM PST by eclecticEel ("The petty man forsakes what lies within his power and longs for what lies with Heaven." - Xunzi)
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To: Swordmaker

What makes it different is that it reach anywhere on earth with a day, whereas a traditional blimp might take a week. That makes all the difference in the world if you’re delivering humanitarian supplies to places that suffered an immense natural disaster.


4 posted on 02/28/2014 11:36:04 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Olog-hai

what was ounce old is now claimed to be new. Reminds me of what W. C. Fields said about ‘suckers’.


5 posted on 02/28/2014 11:37:30 PM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Olog-hai

I found this paragraph amusing.

“However he said he can’t see the ships replacing railways traditionally used to transport freight, but instead said the hybrid machines would be suitable for transporting very heavy loads in hard to reach areas like Canada and Africa.”

I didn’t think Toronto traffic got that bad.


6 posted on 02/28/2014 11:37:31 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Olog-hai

7 posted on 02/28/2014 11:41:43 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

Is that filled with Rino Republican gas or something else?


8 posted on 02/28/2014 11:43:14 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Olog-hai

I suppose there are a few things this design could be well-suited for. The Soviets developed all sorts of wild helicopter designs to service the areas that couldn’t be reached by ground transport and didn’t have the landing facilities for fixed-wing aircraft. So, this isn’t that different in that sense.

As a game-changer...I dunno. I get that it’s high-endurance, but 100 mph top speed dampens my enthusiasm a bit. Cruise speed is likely a lot less than that (I’m betting no more than half, based on what I’ve read on other next-gen airship designs).

I’m not an aerospace engineer, certainly. But this just looks like a niche vehicle, rather than the future of air transport and travel.


9 posted on 02/28/2014 11:44:49 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: Olog-hai

Ahhh, more surveillance. Wherever the battery powered drones are impractical.


10 posted on 02/28/2014 11:44:54 PM PST by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: Olog-hai

The first aircraft with cleavage. Game changer.


11 posted on 02/28/2014 11:45:33 PM PST by phalynx
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To: Olog-hai

Trendy phrase I’d like to see permanently retired: “Game changer.”


12 posted on 02/28/2014 11:52:01 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: DemforBush

It would be useful in delivering supplies to places like Ft. McMurray, Alberta. The could bypass Highway 63 altogether, which is the main highway from Edmonton.

Currently, when you get stuck behind a truck carrying some of the large equipment, you can find that this six hour trip becomes a 15 hour trip and there’s nothing you can do about it, if you value your life than your time.


13 posted on 02/28/2014 11:56:48 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Jonty30

I can tell you from personal experience that our traffic *is* that bad.


14 posted on 03/01/2014 12:18:53 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Jonty30

It could also be useful in opening up the “Ring of Fire” in Northern Ontario. There are no roads there at all, so this would probably be more cost-effective than building new roads to get at the minerals.


15 posted on 03/01/2014 12:21:44 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Olog-hai

And every year or so “they” keep telling us that we are on the cusp of a major helium shortage and that we will run out of it in our lifetimes.

Now that I have reminded everyone of this, look at the picture of this thing and try to reconcile “helium shortage” with operating one or more of THOSE.

And let’s not pretend that once in a while there won’t be an accident that loses all of the helium in that thing.


16 posted on 03/01/2014 12:27:35 AM PST by Advil000
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To: Olog-hai

“huge manatee” pic coming in 3, 2,...


17 posted on 03/01/2014 12:33:49 AM PST by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (I AM ANDREW BREITBART)
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To: Jonty30
What makes it different is that it reach anywhere on earth with a day, whereas a traditional blimp might take a week. That makes all the difference in the world if you’re delivering humanitarian supplies to places that suffered an immense natural disaster.

500 miles an hour, NO NO NO. If it can please let me invest, it can not thus I will not invest. In reality there is a place for lighter than air heavy lift but they will be slow aircraft.

18 posted on 03/01/2014 12:35:52 AM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

How did they ever get Rosie O’Donnell airborne? Shove propellers up her butt?


19 posted on 03/01/2014 12:36:12 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: cpdiii
You're right. I am guilty of bad math. 😊 However, my essential point remains intact, in that assuming this gets off the ground, there will be no better way to deliver mass goods anywhere on the planet in a reasonable time frame and efficiently.
20 posted on 03/01/2014 1:46:23 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Olog-hai

I clicked on that link and my computer virus scanner went NUTS! Don’t go there...


21 posted on 03/01/2014 2:37:15 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Jonty30

Unless they have a head wind.


22 posted on 03/01/2014 2:45:12 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Jonty30
What makes it different is that it reach anywhere on earth with a day, whereas a traditional blimp might take a week. That makes all the difference in the world if you’re delivering humanitarian supplies to places that suffered an immense natural disaster.

Uh, Jonty30, can we check your math?

“It can reach about 100mph and stay airborne for about three-and-a-half days.”
That's 2400 miles a day, approximately up to five days maximum—with good winds—to reach anywhere in the world. . . But you gotta go to ground every three and a half to refuel. Call it six. Nothing new here. Everything old is new again.

Add a head wind and with that frontal area to say nothing of drag??? You'd be lucky to make 30MPH.

23 posted on 03/01/2014 2:59:53 AM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: Jonty30

Say, the first line of the article says it can stay aloft for three weeks. . . but the it says three and a half days??? Who are they kidding??? Somebody’s making things up! I smell a hoax!

This has all the earmarks of that “announced” Boeing 797 that seated 1200 passengers hoax that looked like a flying wing.


24 posted on 03/01/2014 3:04:54 AM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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That front end “cracks” me up. They could call it the Assenburg or the Hindenbutt.


25 posted on 03/01/2014 3:44:33 AM PST by 762X51
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To: Olog-hai

blimp big deal


26 posted on 03/01/2014 4:17:04 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Jonty30
hat makes it different is that it reach anywhere on earth with a day

At 100 mph, it can travel 2400 miles in 24 hours. Pretty impressive.

But what about helium supplies? I thought we were running out?

27 posted on 03/01/2014 4:26:57 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Swordmaker
I see very little that is innovative about this.

I remember reading here about an old Soviet transport plane design that was designed to fly very low. It used the "ground effect" to save on fuel.

I wonder if it will go anywhere. It seems like they'd have military use, at least. Check out this neat looking rendering:

I don't know how they'd do on heavy seas.

28 posted on 03/01/2014 4:36:46 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Swordmaker

Staying aloft, going nowhere, for three weeks may have some reconnaissance value to it. Actually traveling somewhere is going to burn a lot more fuel than just loitering in one spot.


29 posted on 03/01/2014 4:38:44 AM PST by Bob
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
But what about helium supplies? I thought we were running out?

Interesting fact:

Nasa is the country's largest user of helium. Guess who the second is?

The Macy's Day Parade.

30 posted on 03/01/2014 4:40:51 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Jonty30
“However he said he can’t see the ships replacing railways traditionally used to transport freight, but instead said the hybrid machines would be suitable for transporting very heavy loads in hard to reach areas like Canada and Africa.”

I didn’t think Toronto traffic got that bad.


I wonder how much of a role Global Warming grant money played in developing this thing. People being convinced that the ice roads were going to go away.

Then again, seeing Lisa Kelly and the Polar Bear given command of a couple of these would make great TV.
31 posted on 03/01/2014 4:50:22 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“Trendy phrase I’d like to see permanently retired: “Game changer.””

YES! Along with “unexpected.”


32 posted on 03/01/2014 4:59:35 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Jonty30

DARPA, NASA, and, the DOD have been studying airship technology for years as rapid military transports. There are benefits (faster than ships, not bound by waterways, less crew intensive) and liabilities (vulnerable to wind and weather, vulnerable in general to enemy fire, and, able to carry less for their size than a comparable ship.)

It is a neo-novel concept. The would fill a niche somewhere between sea-going vessels and transport aircraft but that niche and how important it is is the question.


33 posted on 03/01/2014 5:00:06 AM PST by FAA
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To: Olog-hai
It is environmentally friendly


Oh, it's green. Well ok, just keep reverting the country back to the early 1900's,
then call it progress.

34 posted on 03/01/2014 5:08:10 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
They were called ekranoplans:

Lun-class ekranoplan

35 posted on 03/01/2014 5:13:01 AM PST by Doug Loss
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To: FAA

It wouldn’t have much military use, because it is too slow. Where I could see it being used is one could probably unload a ship and load a blimp within a few hours and get it to wherever it needs to be in a minimal number of steps.


36 posted on 03/01/2014 5:13:31 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: MaxMax

They keep trying to do it with electric cars, after all. They read the stories of the time when electric cars once outsold internal and external combustion cars, and wonder what stopped the technology.


37 posted on 03/01/2014 5:25:03 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

"... and it looks like a giant penis."

38 posted on 03/01/2014 5:56:14 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Trendy phrase I’d like to see permanently retired: “Game changer.”

Like the Segway. I actually saw one recently - at the Target store in Mountain View.

39 posted on 03/01/2014 5:56:36 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: A CA Guy
How long does it take it to crash?
40 posted on 03/01/2014 6:37:36 AM PST by ANGGAPO (Layte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: A CA Guy
Is that filled with Rino Republican gas or something else?

Something else. Sitting duck s**t.

41 posted on 03/01/2014 7:40:01 PM PST by houeto (We intend to liberate Democrats from the dreaded Job-Lock this November!)
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To: eclecticEel

And less than 1/10th the explosive power.


42 posted on 03/06/2014 6:41:07 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Jonty30
What makes it different is that it reach anywhere on earth with a day, whereas a traditional blimp might take a week.

The article states that the max speed is "maybe 100 mph".

That's not even coast-to-coast in a day.

43 posted on 03/06/2014 7:01:25 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Olog-hai
Isn't helium really expensive?

And haven't fancy blimps been on at least one Popular Science magazine cover a year for the past 30 years?

44 posted on 03/06/2014 7:18:20 PM PST by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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