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World’s largest airship set to take off with Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson at the helm
National Post [Canada] / The Telegraph ^ | April 17, 2014 | Neil Tweedie

Posted on 04/18/2014 6:49:10 AM PDT by canuck_conservative

....“The technological problems with airships that have stopped them ruling the skies have been gradually ticked off,” says Mr. Durham, technical director of Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), which makes the Airlander.” Advances in materials, avionics and aerodynamic design mean that we have overcome the lion’s share of these obstacles. This craft is part airship, part aircraft and part hovercraft. We have taken the best aspects of each machine and combined them in one hyper-efficient vehicle. Let me tell you, this isn’t the Hindenburg.”...

A future design called Airlander 50 will lift 50 tons of cargo, five times more than a Chinook helicopter, but costing less. And while a typical military helicopter needs two days of maintenance out of every seven, the Airlander requires one day a month. The new airship is also friendly to the environment, doing the same job as a conventional aircraft on a quarter of the fuel....

The Americans pumped pounds 60 million into the business after the airship was selected as a surveillance platform, intended to loiter for weeks at a time over Afghanistan, providing constant coverage of the battlefield.

The Airlander first flew in 2012 in America, but trials ceased when the programme fell victim to the sequestration crisis on Capitol Hill and was cancelled....

The Airlander’s hull is made from super-strong fibres developed for the sails of America’s Cup yachts. A four-inch-wide strip can support a family car. “Materials technology had to come of age before you could make this kind of aircraft,” says Mr. Durham. “Vectran, which is one of the materials we use, is similar to Kevlar.”....

“In the extremely unlikely event it lost all its engines, the effect would be rather less dramatic than on a Boeing 747 — it would simply glide down to earth.”....

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; airlander; airlander50; airship; brucedickinson; hav; hybridairvehicles; ironmaiden; neiltweedie; passengerflight; sequestration
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No Eddie?


1 posted on 04/18/2014 6:49:10 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative

Up the Irons.


2 posted on 04/18/2014 6:50:15 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: canuck_conservative

A case of giant blue balls


3 posted on 04/18/2014 6:51:10 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: canuck_conservative

He’s a real trooper.


4 posted on 04/18/2014 6:51:48 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: canuck_conservative

Aces High.


5 posted on 04/18/2014 6:53:29 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: canuck_conservative
I'm sorry, but I just have to laugh. U.S.S. Michelle?


6 posted on 04/18/2014 6:53:35 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: canuck_conservative

Fly, on your way
Like an eagle
Fly as high as the sun...


7 posted on 04/18/2014 6:55:40 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: bunkerhill7

Johnson: [notices Dr. Evil’s spaceship on radar] Colonel, you better take a look at this radar.
Colonel: What is it, son?
Johnson: I don’t know, sir, but it looks like a giant—
[cut to the sky in two jets]
Jet Pilot: Dick!
Dick: Yeah?
Pilot: Take a look outta starboard.
Dick: Oh, my God! It looks like a huge—
[cut to a forest with 2 birdwatchers]
Bird-Watching Woman: Pecker!
Bird-Watching Man: [raises his binoculars] Oh, where?
Bird-Watching Woman: Wait! that’s not a woodpecker. It looks like someone’s—
[cut to a boot camp]
Army Sergeant: PRIVATES! We have reports of an unidentified flying object! It is a long, smooth shaft, complete with—
[cut to a baseball game]
Umpire: 2 balls! [looks up from game] What is that? That looks just like an enormous—
[cut to a Chinese school]
Teacher: Wang! Pay attention!
Wang: I was distracted by that enormous flying—
[cut to a concert with Willie Nelson and another guitarist]
Musician: Willie.
Willie: Yeah?
Musician: What’s that?
Willie: [looks up] Well, it looks like a giant—
[cut back to headquarters]
Colonel: Johnson!
Johnson: Yes, sir!
Colonel: Get on the horn to British Intelligence and let them know about this!


8 posted on 04/18/2014 6:55:42 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Right Brother

I knew somebody would make a comment about that pic. Spinal Tap anyone?


9 posted on 04/18/2014 6:56:14 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative

One of the pictures at the site looks like Moochelle Obama’s butt.....


10 posted on 04/18/2014 6:58:05 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: canuck_conservative

Bruce Dickinson was Iron Maiden’s frontman; he’s a fencing master, a military historian and a licensed pilot. He’s also an avid soccer player.

Is there anything this guy doesn’t do?


11 posted on 04/18/2014 6:58:43 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Boonie

Yeah!!!! That pic at post#6....*LOL*


12 posted on 04/18/2014 6:58:45 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: canuck_conservative

I predict a future episode of BBC’s “Top Gear” with ‘Captain Slow’, James May, at the controls. After all, he already has the experience (blimp) and a GA (private aviation) License!


13 posted on 04/18/2014 6:59:58 AM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Correct, except Bruce still *is* Iron Maiden’s frontman (he rejoined the band in 1999).


14 posted on 04/18/2014 7:00:04 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
Bruce Dickinson was Iron Maiden’s frontman; he’s a fencing master, a military historian and a licensed pilot.

"Easy, guys.. I put my pants on just like the rest of you -- one leg at a time. Except, once my pants are on, I make gold records."

15 posted on 04/18/2014 7:01:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: canuck_conservative

One has to give credit to Mr Dickensen. Smart enough to use Kipling for a source of lyrics, skilled pilot qualified on 747’s and 320’s. Puts on an incredible show, very well read individual. And he put half a million into this project.


16 posted on 04/18/2014 7:01:41 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: FRiends

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17 posted on 04/18/2014 7:02:42 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: dfwgator

18 posted on 04/18/2014 7:03:31 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Boonie

Did you see the text above post #6 pic? Great minds....


19 posted on 04/18/2014 7:04:29 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Right Brother
"Hillary...is that you?"


20 posted on 04/18/2014 7:04:35 AM PDT by moovova
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To: moovova

Wind tunnel?


21 posted on 04/18/2014 7:06:06 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Dr. Ursus

“Wind tunnel?”

I don’t know, but there’s something slightly disturbing about that view, that’s for sure.


22 posted on 04/18/2014 7:10:36 AM PDT by moovova
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To: moovova

Kim Kardashian meets her match!


23 posted on 04/18/2014 7:10:53 AM PDT by Lake Living
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To: dfwgator

I knew someone would post that.


24 posted on 04/18/2014 7:12:06 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: Right Brother

Sir mix a lot...


25 posted on 04/18/2014 7:12:27 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: canuck_conservative

Up ship!


26 posted on 04/18/2014 7:14:52 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Right Brother

That is soooooooooooooooo GAY..........................


27 posted on 04/18/2014 7:18:19 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Right Brother

LOL!


28 posted on 04/18/2014 7:20:25 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Right Brother

Mooshell 1


29 posted on 04/18/2014 7:20:59 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

“Can it core a apple?


30 posted on 04/18/2014 7:34:43 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Right Brother

Moochelle in yoga pants?


31 posted on 04/18/2014 7:43:35 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Dr. Ursus
Wind tunnel?

Could be, if you are talking about breaking wind.

32 posted on 04/18/2014 7:47:10 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I scrolled through this thread to find the best Maiden lyric reference. You win. Iron Maiden is one of the best classic metal bands, undisputed.


33 posted on 04/18/2014 7:59:04 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

He’s also a classic locomotive fan.


34 posted on 04/18/2014 8:00:40 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: lefty-lie-spy

Kewl! What did I win? ;)


35 posted on 04/18/2014 8:01:46 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: canuck_conservative

what could go wrong??


36 posted on 04/18/2014 8:05:38 AM PDT by Lockbar (What would Vlad The Impaler do?)
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To: Lake Living

LOL, thanks for the best laugh in days. I needed it.


37 posted on 04/18/2014 8:06:52 AM PDT by Lockbar (What would Vlad The Impaler do?)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

You win entry to the FReeper metalhead club. One of these days I’ll set that up...how many times have I said that now...


38 posted on 04/18/2014 8:11:36 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Right Brother

Cameltoe One, ready for liftoff.


39 posted on 04/18/2014 8:12:24 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: canuck_conservative

Run to the hills! Run for your lives!


40 posted on 04/18/2014 8:13:46 AM PDT by dangus
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To: canuck_conservative

Wouldn’t someone from Led Zepplin be more appropriate?


41 posted on 04/18/2014 8:17:48 AM PDT by jim_trent
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To: lefty-lie-spy

Really? I didn’t know there was a contest, but I read “Iron Maiden” and saw a photo of Moochelle’s ass filling up a hangar, and the first thing I thought of was the refrain from Iron Maiden’s (now) most famous song, “Run to the hills/ Run for your lives!”

In fact, “Enslaving the young and destroying the old/ Run to the hills/ Run for your lives!”


42 posted on 04/18/2014 8:18:54 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus

Hehe, nice one too!


43 posted on 04/18/2014 8:21:16 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

“Bruce Dickinson was Iron Maiden’s frontman; he’s a fencing master, a military historian and a licensed pilot. He’s also an avid soccer player.

Is there anything this guy doesn’t do?”

Coolest guys in the last 50 years, Bruce Dickinson and William Smith (the actor).


44 posted on 04/18/2014 8:21:33 AM PDT by roofgoat
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To: lefty-lie-spy

Concerning this thread, I really wish Lemmy were a pilot too so we could expand the conversation.


45 posted on 04/18/2014 8:23:03 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: roofgoat

In addition to the other accomplishments listed above, Bruce has also published at least one novel.


46 posted on 04/18/2014 8:23:10 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
Bruce Dickinson was Iron Maiden’s frontman; he’s a fencing master, a military historian and a licensed pilot. He’s also an avid soccer player.

He is.....The Most Interesting Man in the World.

47 posted on 04/18/2014 8:24:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
...also Dickinson is the joint CEO of Cardiff Aviation as well
48 posted on 04/18/2014 8:25:01 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Darksheare

Hehe, that there is a good music reference too.


49 posted on 04/18/2014 8:25:10 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: canuck_conservative
I like Bruce a lot,, but really like the first album with Paul Di'Anno on vocals.
Remeber Tomorrow is always bouncing around in my mind . .
♫ imho ♪
50 posted on 04/18/2014 8:29:31 AM PDT by ßuddaßudd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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