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  • Goodyear deflates blimp, but keeps familiar form in flight

    03/15/2017 5:10:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    AP ^ | March 14, 2017 | John Rogers
    Goodyear has let the helium out of the last of its fabled fleet of blimps, but the company's flight program will continue. About two dozen employees were on hand early Tuesday to witness the deflation of California-based Spirit of Innovation. But shed no tears, blimp fans, you'll still see a familiar blue-and-gold form floating over your favorite sports event or awards show. Although the blimp's replacement, Wingfoot Two, will look about the same when it arrives at Goodyear's airship base in Carson later this year, it will be a semi-rigid dirigible.
  • Airlander 10: Maiden flight at last for longest aircraft

    08/17/2016 3:14:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/17/2016
    The Airlander 10 - which is part plane and part airship - took off from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire. Its original test flight on Sunday was postponed, but it finally left the ground at 19:40 BST. The £25m aircraft measures 302ft (92m) long and is about 50ft (15m) longer than the biggest passenger jets. ... Christened the Martha Gwyn, the aircraft was first developed for the US government as a surveillance aircraft but the project was shelved amid defence cutbacks. ... The huge aircraft will be able to stay airborne for around five days during manned flights. HAV claims it...
  • Giant helium-filled airship Airlander takes off for 1st time

    08/17/2016 3:36:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/17/16 | Jill Lawless - AP
    LONDON (AP) — A blimp-shaped, helium-filled airship considered the world's largest aircraft flew for the first time Wednesday with a short but historic jaunt over an airfield in central England. Engines roaring, the 302-foot (92-meter) Airlander 10 rose slowly into the air from Cardington airfield, 45 miles (73 kilometers) north of London. A hybrid of blimp, helicopter and airplane, it can stay aloft for days at a time and has been nicknamed the "flying bum" because of its bulbous front end.
  • Missing batteries among issues that caused Army's runaway blimp

    02/15/2016 8:38:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 22 replies
    LATIMES ^ | Feb. 14, 2016 | David Willman
    The blimp that broke loose from an Army facility in Maryland last fall, wreaking havoc with its milelong tether, flew uncontrolled for hours because someone neglected to put batteries in its automatic-deflation device, Pentagon investigators have found. The pilotless, radar-carrying blimp was part of the troubled JLENS missile-defense system, which has failed to perform as promised while costing taxpayers more than $2.7 billion since 1998. The runaway blimp episode was caused by a cascade of events spanning 13 hours, according to people familiar with the investigation, an overview provided to congressional staff members and a summary released by a military...
  • Eye in the sky Aerostat system detects aerial incursions into U.S. for decades

    11/22/2015 12:12:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    FORT HUACHUCA — For decades, the large, helium-filled aerostat has floated silently against the horizon above Sierra Vista, time enough for both long-time residents and new arrivals to possibly lose sight of the skyborne equipment’s mission as an important link a chain of detection spanning the entire international border. The Tethered Aerostat Radar System, or TARS, traces its origins back to the 70s and 80s, when traditional, ground fixed radar systems were being evaded by the newly airborne efforts of South American drug cartels.
  • Lockheed’s airship gets the green light: FAA approves hybrid vehicle...

    11/20/2015 1:57:39 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 56 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 19, 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard and Hugo Gye
    Lockheed Martin has been given the green light to build its radical hybrid airship that will launch in 2018. The US Federal Aviation Administration has this week approved a certification plan developed by the company, taking it one step closer to starting commercial deliveries. Lockheed says the airships can transport heavy cargo to remote locations, burn significantly less fuel than conventional aircraft and land on any flat surface, including sand, snow and water.
  • Pentagon confirms Army blimp was shot down

    10/30/2015 11:59:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 29, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    The massive Army blimp that broke free from its mooring and drifted from Maryland to Pennsylvania is "actually still deflating," a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. "I am not able to give you the mechanics of exactly how they're deflating it," said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. The blimp traveled almost 200 miles north at 30 miles per hour, reaching an altitude of 16,000 feet before it lost altitude and speed, landing in northeastern Pennsylvania. Another Pentagon spokesman confirmed reports that the 240-foot blimp was shot down, but did not know how close to the ground the blimp was when it happened....
  • Runaway U.S. military blimp wreaks havoc in Pennsylvania

    10/29/2015 2:35:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:27am EDT | Joe McDonald and Phil Stewart
    A high-tech U.S. military blimp designed to detect a missile attack came loose on Wednesday and wreaked havoc as it floated from Maryland into Pennsylvania while dragging more than a mile of cable and knocking out power to thousands.
  • Breaking: 2 fighter jets track JLENS blimp that has broken free of its tether in Maryland

    10/28/2015 1:23:27 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 28, 2015 | Foxnews.Com
    BREAKING NEWS: A JLENS blimp that has been tethered at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland has broken free Wednesday and is being tracked by two fighter jets traveling over Pennsylvania at 16,000 feet, a NORAD spokesman said.
  • Fighter jets tracking loose Army blimp over US airspace

    10/28/2015 11:05:52 AM PDT · by JennysCool · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/28/2015 | Kristina Wong
    An Army blimp broke loose from its mooring at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland around noon and is now being tracked by two U.S. fighter jets, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The untethered device is part of what's known as a JLENS, or Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System. It consists of two aerostats that float 10,000 feet in the air and carry powerful radars that detect airborne threats. The system is manufactured by Raytheon.
  • Goodyear Blimp Spirit of America will be decommissioned this week at Tustin hangar

    08/09/2015 12:36:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 9, 2015 | Tom Berg
    CARSON – The Goodyear Blimp bobbles a few feet of the ground, awaiting one of its final takeoffs. “We’re coming off the mast,” pilot Bill Bayliss announces, as the 192-foot blimp is freed from its mooring. The Spirit of America will rise above the hustle-and-bustle of I-405 one last time on Monday, and cruise toward Tustin’s aging World War II blimp hangar. Five days later, the blimp will emerge as five tons of museum exhibits, recyclable rubber and spare parts.
  • Exploratory Committee Being Formed For Ted Cruz Blimp and Supporting Activities

    05/01/2015 10:19:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Ted Cruz Blimp site ^ | May 1, 2015
    Does it make sense to fly a blimp for Ted Cruz?At least one, probably several. Can enough money be raised?No doubt. What else will it take?To do the Ted Cruz Blimp successfully and efficiently we’ll have many teams working together. We put the Ron Paul Blimp teams together in about six weeks in 2007 and, even though we did quite well, we also made a lot of mistakes. Because we have more time now to do better advance planning, we can be even more efficient and more successful with the Ted Cruz Blimp. Teams Before we raise any money or...
  • Army's blimp-like airships get East Coast test (ICBM detection)

    12/17/2014 7:16:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 51 replies
    stripes.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | DAVID DISHNEAU
    U.S. Air Force Col. William Pitts stands in front of an unmanned aerostat that is part of a new U.S. military cruise-missile defense system during a media preview on Dec. 17, 2014, in Middle River, Md. Patrick Semansky/AP************************************ MIDDLE RIVER, Md. -- The Army showed off a blimp-like airship Wednesday that is designed to help the military detect and destroy cruise missiles speeding toward the nation's capital or other major East Coast cities. The radar-toting vehicle will be launched next week as part of a three-year test of the system at Aberdeen Proving Ground, about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore....
  • Military Blimps Will Float In Aberdeen, Tracking Potential Threats

    06/18/2014 8:18:30 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 26 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | June 17, 2014 | Mike Schuh
    ABERDEEN, Md. (WJZ)—Soon, Maryland will be the home to a couple of new landmarks. Actually, sky-marks. As Mike Schuh reports, two large blimps will soon rise over Harford County and stay put. Radar blimps like these have been used on the battlefield to track the enemy, and in the Caribbean to intercept drug runners. Testing in Utah is complete. Now they’re being packed up and sent to Maryland. “There is some equipment already on grounds, yes,” said Kelly Luster, a spokesman for Aberdeen Proving Ground. What will they be looking for? Anti-ship cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft and swarming boats. These...
  • Blimplike surveillance craft set to deploy over Maryland heighten privacy concerns

    01/22/2014 9:45:45 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 22, 2014 | Craig Timberg
    The aerostats — that is the term for lighter-than-air craft that are tethered to the ground — are to be set aloft on Army-owned land about 45 miles northeast of Washington, near Aberdeen Proving Ground, for a three-year test slated to start in October. From a vantage of 10,000 feet, they will cast a vast radar net from Raleigh, N.C., to Boston and out to Lake Erie, with the goal of detecting cruise missiles or enemy aircraft so they could be intercepted before reaching the capital. Defense contractor Raytheon last year touted an exercise in which it outfitted the aerostats...
  • Army Preps Sky Blimp

    06/30/2012 8:28:51 AM PDT · by docbnj · 22 replies
    Wall Street journal ^ | 29 Jun 2012 | Nathan Hodge
    The U.S. military is preparing for the maiden flight of a football-field-size airship laden with surveillance gear designed to do the work of a dozen drones—and destined for Afghanistan. The experimental craft, known as the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, or LEMV, is designed to loiter over combat zones for weeks at a time, outfitted with high-tech sensors that can intercept phone calls, shoot full-motion video or track the movement of insurgents. [Full article available only to subscribers.]
  • Wind turbine blimp aims to replace diesel generators

    04/20/2012 3:53:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/20/12 | Randy Nelson - Tecca
    Look, up in the sky! It's a bird… it's a plane… it's a… wind turbine? Altaeros Energies, a Massachusetts-based company formed by MIT and Harvard grads, has aimed high — literally — in its quest to deliver power to remote, off-the-grid locations, creating a blimp that harnesses the power of the wind at 1,000 feet up. The prototype, seen in this video, is a large helium-filled shell that looks almost like a jet engine (or, as we suspect more than a few people thought when it was tested in Maine earlier this year, a UFO). Attached to a trailer on...
  • U.S. Army's $150m 'super-blimp' high-altitude airship in crash landing just hours after launch

    07/27/2011 2:09:17 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/27/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A $150million U.S. Army airship crash landed in woods today after it could only reach half of its expected altitude on a test flight. The unmanned solar-powered airship was only in the air for less than three hours after it launched in Akron, Ohio, on Wednesday morning. It ascended as planned up to 32,000ft but the Lockheed Martin airship then encountered problems and was not able to get up to 60,000ft. A decision was made to end the flight and make what the company called a ‘controlled descent’ into a remote area in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
  • The foreign-policy debate is going where Ron Paul already was

    03/23/2011 1:26:37 PM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 14 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | March 23, 2011 | Paul Mulshine
    As I've noted, the 2012 Republican presidential primary will be vastly different from the 2008 race. Back then Ron paul was roundly derided for endorsing the traditional conservative approach toward foreign policy. This time around, a lot of the others are going to have to make a choice between conservatism and the liberal internationalism of the so-called "neo" conservatives. This piece on Haley Barbour from The Hill shows that the debate has begun: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) may have set the tone for the foreign policy debate in the Republican presidential nominating contest when he questioned the war in...
  • Dick Morris Calls Ron Paul "Horrific", Hangs Up On Peter Schiff (Audio at YouTube)

    03/07/2011 12:24:54 PM PST · by beaversmom · 58 replies
    You Tube ^ | March 7, 2011 | SaveOurSovereignty3
    Dick Morris Calls Ron Paul "Horrific", Hangs Up On Peter Schiff (Audio at YouTube)