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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
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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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