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Thunderbird 2 flies again: The astonishing airship set to revolutionise haulage, tourism...
Daily Mail ^ | 1/4/13 | Damien Gayle

Posted on 01/04/2013 12:38:01 PM PST by Nachum

A radical new kind of airship funded by the US military is about to make its first test flight - and it looks uncannily like the Thunderbird 2 craft from the classic TV show.

The Aeroscraft airship will carry three times as much as the biggest military cargo planes over thousands of miles, use a third of the fuel, and it doesn't even need a landing strip.

It could also have major implications for cargo haulage, and almost everything now laboriously transported across the planet's surface by boat, train and lorry could within years be carried through the skies, its makers claim.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airship; haulage; tourism; warfare
Full title: Thunderbird 2 flies again: The astonishing airship set to revolutionise haulage, tourism... and warfare

It's..um... a blimp

1 posted on 01/04/2013 12:38:10 PM PST by Nachum
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2 posted on 01/04/2013 12:43:31 PM PST by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: Nachum

Not a blimp. Blimps have no rigid air frame. This has a rigid air frame and it is therefor a lighter than air ship.


3 posted on 01/04/2013 12:44:21 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Nachum

66 tons of cargo ?


4 posted on 01/04/2013 12:46:47 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: Nachum
I've seen this from a distance twice - once for a few moments before they rushed to close the doors because there was a very light breeze and it was pushing the blimp across the hanger floor, the second time with it trying to lift off, a slight breeze coming by and it nosing into the ground.

I'm sure this is just the growing pains of a prototype, but this was funded as a long shot program, and so far it's lived up to those expectations. I wish them the best of luck, but if someone’s looking to start placing orders, they might want to hold off. I love the design ideas, seems quite possible to work, just not sure how they'll handle the energy requirements in flight for their fancy ballast system.

5 posted on 01/04/2013 12:47:16 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: frithguild

Fly that over bezerkley and Alien reports will be pouring in.

LLS


6 posted on 01/04/2013 12:47:39 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Candor7

I am confused...


7 posted on 01/04/2013 12:47:54 PM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: frithguild

Overgrown as it may be, I thought it was illegal to let such metallized mylar party balloons fly untethered in most urban areas...shorting out power lines etc.


8 posted on 01/04/2013 12:49:53 PM PST by repentant_pundit (Sammy's your uncle, but he behaves like a spoiled rotten kid.)
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To: Delta Dawn; Candor7

No reason to be confused. Candor7 is correct.


9 posted on 01/04/2013 12:50:11 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Candor7
It's not a balloon, it's an airship!
10 posted on 01/04/2013 12:50:44 PM PST by real saxophonist (I show my friends my 1911. I show my enemies my Glock.)
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To: Candor7

I believe the word is “Dirigible”.


11 posted on 01/04/2013 12:50:44 PM PST by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: Nachum

Well, that was uplifting.


12 posted on 01/04/2013 12:54:27 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Nachum
Sexy beast...

Airship Pirates...

13 posted on 01/04/2013 12:56:23 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Sine ullo desiderio vive et ama.... Carpe diem.)
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To: frithguild


14 posted on 01/04/2013 12:58:30 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Nachum

SUPERTHUNDERSTINGCAR!! ??


15 posted on 01/04/2013 12:59:43 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: Dead Corpse

Holy Helium Batman!


16 posted on 01/04/2013 1:00:29 PM PST by Conserev1
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To: Candor7
You mean “dirigible.”
17 posted on 01/04/2013 1:02:55 PM PST by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: Nachum

Thunderbirds go!


18 posted on 01/04/2013 1:03:05 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: Nachum

Couple comments.

Would appear to have the capacity to haul a LOT of fuel, so why is range limited to 3000 miles?

For military applications, it looks an awful lot to me like a very large, very slow target.

I would expect the biggest difficulty to be taking off or landing in windy conditions, especially gusting winds.


19 posted on 01/04/2013 1:06:21 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Nachum

Tremendous advantage to not need a landing strip.

They conceive of it delivering to the front line of a battle. Not sure what would protect it from arty or missiles.


20 posted on 01/04/2013 1:07:28 PM PST by lurk
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To: Nachum

Is it’s maiden voyage to Lakehurst, New Jersey?


21 posted on 01/04/2013 1:08:17 PM PST by vikingd00d (chown -R us ./base)
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To: Sherman Logan

Don’t most radars need a hard surface to ping off of? That thing would be like trying to get a weapons lock on a cloud.


22 posted on 01/04/2013 1:17:37 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Sine ullo desiderio vive et ama.... Carpe diem.)
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To: Nachum

THUNDER-BIRDS ARE GO!!!!

FAB!


23 posted on 01/04/2013 1:18:41 PM PST by petro45acp (More sheepdogs please...)
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To: Nachum

Wasn’t some kid floating around inside that thing???


24 posted on 01/04/2013 1:20:52 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: kingu

Let the geniuses from Solyndra or one of those 0bummer craphole green energy co’s handle it; that’ll solve everything.


25 posted on 01/04/2013 1:23:30 PM PST by carriage_hill ("I meant to say maggot, but I have a lisp.")
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To: mike_9958

“66 tons of cargo ?”

Yeah, 66 tons of smart bombs to drop on gun owners. :)


26 posted on 01/04/2013 1:24:05 PM PST by dljordan (Voltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: frithguild

27 posted on 01/04/2013 1:26:20 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: frithguild

28 posted on 01/04/2013 1:26:28 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Sherman Logan

exactly what I thought as well. nice concept but impactical in real life.


29 posted on 01/04/2013 1:31:21 PM PST by RitchieAprile (the obstreperous gentleman..)
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To: vikingd00d
Is it’s maiden voyage to Lakehurst, New Jersey?


30 posted on 01/04/2013 1:32:20 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Nachum

31 posted on 01/04/2013 1:34:29 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: Nachum

Lighter-than-air craft all have the same problem - directional controlling thrust.

If you took the computer controlled gyros of a Segway and mated them with enough directional thrust to counter wind, blow back, etc, then you would have smooth, reliable, lighter-than-air crafts.


32 posted on 01/04/2013 1:38:25 PM PST by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: LibLieSlayer

Hell...fly it anywhere and the reports will stream in...


33 posted on 01/04/2013 1:38:30 PM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: pgkdan

That is what I was thinking Dan. :-)

LLS


34 posted on 01/04/2013 1:49:55 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Slyfox

Helium.


35 posted on 01/04/2013 1:51:56 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Nachum
Just for a kick, they should fly the big sucker over
Devils Tower, Wyoming.....................Without informing the public :)


36 posted on 01/04/2013 1:54:56 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Does that mean that people will be allowed to smoke?


37 posted on 01/04/2013 2:06:39 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: Slyfox
Probably not.

Not because of a fire hazard.

Because smoking is evil.

Smoking is more evil than child molesting, raping goats, or clubbing baby seals.

So ... even though a separate smoking section would be perfectly feasible and completely safe ...

THERE WILL BE NO SMOKING!!!!

Ve vill haff ORDER!!!

38 posted on 01/04/2013 2:15:12 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Nachum

Wonderful timing. Just in time for the great helium shortage:

A ballooning problem: the great helium shortage

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/a-ballooning-problem-the-great-helium-shortage-8439108.html


39 posted on 01/04/2013 2:33:53 PM PST by DManA
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To: Nachum

cool.

Who has the contract to build the puppets to fly it?


40 posted on 01/04/2013 3:16:58 PM PST by Galt2010
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To: mike_9958
66 tons of cargo ?

That's about one Abrams tank with a few accessories, some fuel and a crew...

41 posted on 01/04/2013 3:18:03 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: kingu

Lead Zeppelin.


42 posted on 01/04/2013 3:19:08 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Galt2010

Maybe these guys?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfIAKj3Gl1E


43 posted on 01/04/2013 3:21:16 PM PST by Nachum (The List is off the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: kingu

I’ve been reading stories about the imminent age of lighter than air cargo airships for 30 years.


44 posted on 01/04/2013 4:04:22 PM PST by DManA ( A)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

“In a disaster of unexpected dimensions, a pre-teen kid with a pellet gun shot a heavy-lift military blimp out of the sky, destroying a multimillion dollar craft and its millions in cargo.”

:’)

Thanks Nachum.


45 posted on 01/04/2013 7:56:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: DManA
Interesting link but sis you see this?

Balloons

Helium, like hydrogen, is lighter than air but unlike hydrogen it is inert, so there is little risk of an explosion.

What a bunch of idiots!

46 posted on 01/04/2013 8:19:19 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Eaker

I thought there was a shortage of helium.


47 posted on 01/11/2013 11:00:03 AM PST by Basement Dweller
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To: Basement Dweller

I don’t know about a shortage but I do know there is zero risk of an explosion when working with helium.


48 posted on 01/11/2013 11:51:52 AM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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