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  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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)
  • Utah city may use blimp as anti-crime spy in the sky

    01/17/2011 1:14:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/16/11 | James Nelson
    (Reuters) - A proposed unmanned floating airship surveillance system is being hailed by city officials in Ogden, Utah as one way to fight crime in its neighborhoods. "We believe it will be a deterrent to crime when it is out and about and will help us solve crimes more quickly when they do occur," Ogden City Mayor Matthew Godfrey told Reuters. The airship entails military technology now available to local law enforcement, he said. Godfrey floated the idea of a dirigible in the skies above Ogden for his city council members last week. The council is expected to vote on...
  • Could Ron Paul Take Down Sarah Palin?

    12/13/2010 11:36:14 AM PST · by pissant · 128 replies · 2+ views
    NY Mag ^ | 12/13/10 | Dan Amira
    Long before the tea party movement grabbed half a dozen Senate seats, before its early proponents ever even dreamed of wearing Colonial-era garb in public, there was longtime Texas Republican Ron Paul, the one guy in Congress trying to abolish the Federal Reserve and shrink the government into near nonexistence. Paul won a devoted-bordering-on-cultish following during his 2008 presidential run, one which, obviously, didn't work out. But now Paul is telling the Times that "it’s at least 50-50" that he'll try again in 2012, and this time, with the movement built largely on his libertarian philosophy now a real force...
  • TSA 'Opt-Out' Bags Handed Out at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

    11/24/2010 11:19:58 AM PST · by Tucson_AZ · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Freedom's Phoenix ^ | 11-24-2010 | Ed Vallejo
    Freedom's Phoenix is reporting great interest in the TSA Opt-Out Bags they are handing out at Sky Harbor Airport - one of the first airports to "test" strip-search machines. The bags contain a clean pair of gloves for those inclined to a feel-up, so that the TSA agent won't give them whatever cooties are on the used gloves, but also a DVD of Rep. Dr. RON PAUL, the gentleman who introduced the Traveler Dignity Act in Congress, and the number of Marc Victor, esq., who will be happy to represent them in any false arrest or litigation stemming from the...
  • Michael Moore: to young people, the 'fat man in the cap' is an unfunny joke

    09/09/2009 2:29:55 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 549+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | September 9, 2009 | Will Heaven
    “Who’s the fat man in the cap?” - this delightful question was put to me this afternoon by a younger cousin looking over my shoulder, who is just about to start at university. The fat man in the cap, as it happens, is Michael Moore. And how wonderfully satisfying it is to hear that the liberal film-maker is not as well-known as once he was. It’s telling, too, that I found myself explaining him using Al Gore as a comparison - the green crusader has utterly eclipsed Moore with An Inconvenient Truth. Interested to see if my cousin represented a...
  • Soldiers Fly Blimp as Part of New Mission

    07/21/2009 5:10:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 558+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Justin Naylor, USA
    FOB WARRIOR — Pre-deployment training prepares Soldiers for a wide range of missions they may encounter. Flying a blimp is typically not one of them. Or at least it wasn't for Soldiers here, until a new surveillance blimp took its place in the skies above FOB Warrior. The blimp began operating June 28, and is part of a growing number of these blimps currently being used across Iraq. This equipment takes a special group of Soldiers operating day and night to keep it in the air and out of harm's way. "If the blimp starts losing helium, or if it...
  • Program Aims to Deliver Unprecedented Surveillance Capability

    07/02/2009 1:10:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 403+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 2, 2009 – A giant, unmanned airship capable of hovering at about 70,000 feet promises to give future warfighters an unprecedented eye on the battlefield. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Integrated Sensor is Structure program, ISIS for short, will provide a detailed, real-time picture of all movement on or above the battlefield. Defense DoD graphic courtesy of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Integrated Sensor is Structure program, ISIS for short, will provide a detailed, real-time picture of all movement on or above the battlefield, explained...
  • Pentagon plans blimp to spy from new heights

    03/13/2009 12:30:19 PM PDT · by BGHater · 71 replies · 1,573+ views
    LA Times ^ | 13 Mar 2009 | Julian E. Barnes
    The giant dirigible would use radar to closely and constantly monitor activity on the ground from 65,000 feet. The Pentagon said Thursday that it intends to spend $400 million to develop a giant dirigible that will float 65,000 feet above the Earth for 10 years, providing unblinking and intricate radar surveillance of the vehicles, planes and even people below. "It is absolutely revolutionary," Werner J.A. Dahm, chief scientist for the Air Force, said of the proposed unmanned airship -- describing it as a cross between a satellite and a spy plane. The 450-foot-long craft would give the U.S. military a...
  • AN AIRSHIP'S DOWN-TO-EARTH CREW, They travel the world to guide high-flying dirigibles to a safe

    10/15/2008 11:41:27 AM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies · 736+ views
    starledger ^ | 10.04.08 | MARIAM JUKAKU
    Clark native Tim Lichardus hasn't had a place to call home for the last 12 years -- no apartment, no house, no timeshare. His job as a blimp crewman requires him to live out of a suitcase 11 months of the year. But the job is not without perks. There's no mortgage, no rent and no lawn. In addition, he's traveled to Jerusalem, Rio de Janeiro and China. But he isn't the one waving to worshippers, tourists and sports fans from a thousand feet in the air. He's on terra firma -- come rain, snow or heavy winds -- directing...
  • Sen. Clinton's brother draws small, enthusiastic crowd (Guy is Hugh-Normus)

    04/17/2008 9:21:16 PM PDT · by red flanker · 7 replies · 114+ views
    Tribune Review ^ | April 17, 2008 | Paul Peirce
    Retired steelworker Bill Callaway admitted he never heard of Hugh Rodham, younger brother of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, before he was invited to a campaign rally yesterday in Cedar Creek Park. But Callaway, 64, who formerly worked at U.S. Steel's Clairton works, said he was glad for an opportunity to get a firsthand taste of presidential politics so close to his Rostraver home. "Hey, it's beautiful outside this afternoon, and it gives me a little break from watching my grandkids. And I support Hillary because I think she's a much better candidate," Callaway said. Callaway joined about 65 other Clinton...
  • Campaign Finance Laws and the Ron Paul Blimp

    01/05/2008 2:27:45 PM PST · by publiusF27 · 36 replies · 120+ views
    What do you think of the Ron Paul Blimp and the campaign finance laws? For those who don't know, I'll briefly summarize the history: A bunch of RP cultists decided to start an effort separate from the campaign to support RP, and came up with the idea of a blimp. They decided to start a website and accept pledges. People pledged wildly, and they quickly met their goal and started trying to collect the pledges. At that point, it occurred to someone that this is America, and you can't just do something like this without a platoon of lawyers, who...
  • Ron Paul Blimp To Reach 70,000 Voters At Capital One

    01/01/2008 8:35:50 AM PST · by poobear · 64 replies · 157+ views ^ | 12/31/2007 | CF News 13
    The Capitol One Bowl Tuesday was set to pit Florida against Michigan. ~snip~ The Ron Paul campaign planned to put a blimp up over the Citrus Bowl Tuesday before the game, so more than 70,000 fans attending the Capital One Bowl would be able to see it pass by the arena.
  • Just Saw Ron Paul Blimp

    12/21/2007 11:56:16 AM PST · by Slapshot68 · 49 replies · 202+ views
    Was out running lunch time errands and I looked up to see a white blimp that said, "Ron Paul '08" and underneath "Google Ron Paul"
  • Ron Paul Blimp in NC

    12/14/2007 12:50:43 PM PST · by Roses0508 · 6 replies · 101+ views
    Observation | 12/14/2007 | Roses0508
    Observed traveling West from Raleigh to Greensboro, white blimp with message "Who is Ron Paul Google". My husband first observed it while he was traveling West to East from Greensboro to Apex. I saw it approximately 40 minutes later when I left a store in the Greensboro area.
  • Ron Paul Blimp Flying Over Raleigh

    12/14/2007 12:00:40 PM PST · by this is my name not yours · 193 replies · 908+ views
    Raleigh Chronicle ^ | 12/14/07 | Elliott West
    RALEIGH - No, you're not imagining things. That really is a Ron Paul for President blimp flying over the City of Raleigh today. Organizers for the blimp took off this morning at 8am at the Airship Management Hangar in Elizabeth City, North Carolina and they are on their way to Chester, South Carolina where they will make their first stop. This afternoon, the blimp will be flying over north Raleigh and will most likely be visible from Interstate 540 at some point, said Bryce Henderson, a media coordinator for the effort. Organizers say the current schedule has it passing over...
  • Ron Paul blimp charts unprecedented course [campaign finance]

    12/07/2007 7:54:40 AM PST · by SJackson · 60 replies · 107+ views
    Politico ^ | 12-7-07 | Kenneth P. Vogel
      Ron Paul blimp charts unprecedented courseBy: Kenneth P. Vogel Dec 6, 2007 05:36 PM EST The Ron Paul blimp is set to fly from North Carolina, over Washington, New York and Boston, before heading to New Hampshire.Photo: AP Look! Up in the sky: It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s ... Ron Paul? If a whimsical publicity stunt goes as planned, a blimp hyping the long-shot Republican presidential campaign of the Texas congressman will launch next week.The Ron Paul blimp is set to fly from North Carolina, over Washington, New York and Boston, before heading to New Hampshire,...
  • Supporters Pump Ron Paul Full of Hot Air

    12/07/2007 9:12:45 AM PST · by rface · 60 replies · 121+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12.07.07 | Z. BYRON WOLF
    . With any luck, the dirigible will be in the Washington, D.C., skyline sometime in the afternoon on Monday..... The plan is to have it floating over Boston Harbor by the weekend of Dec. 15, where Paul supporters will reenact the Boston Tea Party and hold a large rally at Faneuil Hall.....
  • The Ron Paul Blimp

    11/27/2007 4:22:57 PM PST · by publiusF27 · 61 replies · 730+ views
    This is a riot. They're trying to hire this blimp for a month. Looks like they may succeed. Too funny.
  • Why fatties say everyone's to blame but themselves

    08/22/2007 12:31:35 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 143 replies · 2,441+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2007 | Daniel Martin
    Being unhappy. Being happy. Friends who eat like a horse and never put on weight. Childhood admonishments to think of the starving in Africa. These are some of the reasons the overweight give to explain their size because they are too ashamed to admit they simply eat too much, according to a study. Researchers found there is such a stigma attached to being overweight that over-eaters are desperate to find something - or someone - else to blame. The findings mirror comments by Hamish Meldrum, the head of the British Medical Association, who said patients were increasingly seeking weight-loss pills...
  • Air & Sea Show 2007 - Ft. Lauderdale FL

    My son was able to attend the Air and Sea show today in Ft. Lauderdale FL. The link is to the Flikr slideshow containing his pictures.
  • A Note to Rosie O'Donnell

    03/16/2007 10:50:05 AM PDT · by CTHenderson · 44 replies · 2,195+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 3-16-07 | Cheri Henderson
    Rosie O'Donnell, hosting ABC's popular "The View" morning show, came to the defense of terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed today, suggesting the government elicited a false confession from the 9/11 mastermind by using torture, robbing him of his humanity and treating him like an animal. O'Donnell then argued terrorists are people too, and asserted the U.S. "robs them of their humanity." "They've been treating them like animals … they have hoods over their heads, they torture them on a daily basis," she said. In November, O'Donnell told Hasselbeck in an exchange on "The View" that Americans shouldn't fear terrorists. "Faith or...
  • The Flying Luxury Hotel

    03/08/2006 10:48:59 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 20 replies · 1,453+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 3/08/2006 | Joshua Tompkins
    Tomorrow's cruise ship will sail through the air, not the water By Joshua Tompkins John MacNeill LIFTOFF! On a pressurized plane, windows like these would explode outward . The Aeroscraft does not fly high enough to need pressurization. This is not a Blimp. It's a sort of flying Queen Mary 2 that could change the way you think about air travel. It's the Aeroscraft, and when it's completed, it will ferry pampered passengers across continents and oceans as they stroll leisurely about the one-acre cabin or relax in their well-appointed staterooms. Unlike its dirigible ancestors, the Aeroscraft is not lighter...
  • Anti-Terror High Altitude Airship Project Moves into Third Stage

    02/20/2006 11:38:49 AM PST · by pabianice · 37 replies · 1,094+ views
    The Nav Log ^ | 2/20/06
    In December, Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors (Akron, OH) received a contract to build a prototype of the High Altitude Airship (HAA) that has been in the planning stages for several years. The $149.2-million award by the US Missile Defense Agency marks the beginning of the program's third phase, which is to culminate in the prototype’s delivery and flight in 2009. The unmanned, near-space (planned operational altitude of 60,000-70,000 feet) HAA is intended to be part of the US’ domestic anti-missile and anti-air defense structure, filling the altitude “gap” between airplanes and satellites. Employing both advanced fuel cell and...
  • USA develops gigantic airships to spy on Chinese and Iranian submarines

    10/29/2005 11:41:37 AM PDT · by markedmannerf · 70 replies · 2,339+ views
    pravda ^ | 10/29/2005 01:00
    The Pentagon has evinced great interest in the erstwhile popular technology The US Congress has approved the program for the construction of airships within the scope of the Walrus HULA project (Hybrid Ultra Large Aircraft). The technical data of the future air monster are very impressive: from 500 to 1,000 tons of carrying capacity, over 22,000 kilometers of range and not less than a week of flying non-stop. The largest dirigible in the world, Akron (USA), which used to float in the air in the 1930s, had the volume of 184,000 cubic meters, could carry up to seven planes and...
  • Goodyear to Build New Version of Blimp

    10/05/2005 10:10:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,461+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/5/05 | AP
    AKRON, Ohio - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said it will build a new version of a bullet-shaped blimp by spring to replace one that crashed in June during a violent storm in Florida. The 192-foot-long replacement blimp — still unnamed — will use parts salvaged from the crashed airship, including the gondola that holds the pilot and passengers. It also will have a new neoprene-plastic envelope, which is the massive fabric structure that fills with helium to provide lift. Officials at Akron-based Goodyear declined to reveal the new blimp's cost. Goodyear executives had been silent until Tuesday night about...
  • 'Less of Moore' Michael Moore checks into $3800/week Fat Farm!!

    08/30/2005 3:03:06 PM PDT · by proud_yank · 15 replies · 319+ views
    New York Post ^ | Aug 23, 2005 | Richard Johnson
    LESS OF MOORE View PageSix on one page August 23, 2005 -- THERE may soon be less of Michael Moore. The portly propagandist is doing a stint at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa in Aventura, Fla.; also known as the "fat farm for the rich." Moore is learning how to cook healthy meals and exercise and attending classes on "life re-education." The program starts at $3,800 a week and promises enrolees they'll "learn a new approach to eating," "never have to diet again," and can lose up to 12 pounds in the first three weeks. The facility also has...
  • JULY 19 -- THIS DAY IN HISTORY (Ted Kennedy killed Mary Jo on this day in 1969)

    07/18/2005 1:20:59 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 160 replies · 4,405+ views
    • 1968: US Senator Edward Kennedy’s car drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts killing his 28-year-old companion Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy fled the scene of the accident and received a suspended sentence of two months and one year's probation. Chappaquiddick now stands for political nemesis— a shady part of ones past that won't go away.
  • Army buys $12M in blimps for Iraq

    07/05/2005 9:31:26 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 19 replies · 783+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army is buying 16 tactical blimps for use in Iraq from a Columbia, Md., company, TCOM, L.P. announced Tuesday. The deal is worth $12 million, and the unmanned, tethered blimps will be built in Elizabeth City, N.C. The Tactical Aerostat System operates at about 1,000 feet, providing surveillance and a communications relay system aloft for up to a week at a time. The contract award is part of the Rapid Aerostat Initial Development system contract the Army has with Raytheon. The airship's use was demonstrated last fall over Washington, when an A-170 manned...
  • Air Force Revisiting Balloons for Missions

    07/05/2005 4:26:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 429+ views
    FoxNews (AP Story) ^ | July 5, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON — The Air Force is eyeing a seldom-used region of the Earth's atmosphere called "near space" for communications and intelligence-gathering with one of the oldest types of aircraft — balloons.
  • Goodyear blimp crashes in north Broward

    06/17/2005 5:54:45 AM PDT · by Cowman · 16 replies · 723+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Friday, June 17, 2005 | By Scott McCabe, Stephanie Slater
    Goodyear blimp crashes in north Broward Two are briefly trapped inside the airship, but there are no injuries. By Scott McCabe, Stephanie Slater Palm Beach Post Staff Writers Friday, June 17, 2005 CORAL SPRINGS — A Goodyear blimp came crashing down in a thundering storm Thursday, knocking out power lines and electricity in nearby neighborhoods, authorities said. The two people aboard were briefly trapped inside while electrical crews cleared the site, authorities said. Neither the pilot nor co-pilot, the only people on board, was injured Employees at a nearby Red Lobster heard loud noises shortly before 7 p.m. and looked...
  • Goodyear blimp crash-lands in Coral Springs

    06/16/2005 10:23:24 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 38 replies · 2,805+ views and Associated Press ^ | June 16, 2005, 9:13 PM EDT | AP staff
    A Goodyear blimp crash-landed Thursday near Sample Road and Coral Ridge Drive in an industrial park and the two people aboard were trapped inside while electrical crews cleared the site, authorities said. The ``Stars & Stripes'' blimp may have gotten tangled in power lines when it went down near Pompano Beach Air Park, where it's based, said Coral Springs police spokesman Mike Moser. The two people on board weren't injured, said Kathleen Bergen, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA investigators were on the scene. Authorities said bad weather might have forced the blimp down. There were thunderstorms in the...
  • Don Bendell's Response to Anti-American German "Journalist!" (fasten seatbelts,wear helmet)

    02/24/2005 3:24:00 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 1,048+ views
    email from Don Bendell ^ | FEBRUARY 25, 2005 | DON BENDELL
    Don Bendell received this insulting email from an America-hating fool in Germany. Don replied with guns blazing. In my opinion, this should "make the rounds." Send to your email list, if you agree with me! ----- Original Message ----- From: Rupp To: Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2005 11:58 AM Subject: American warrior Dear Sir, I am a German journalist for a daily, nation wide paper. I just want you to know, what I and my collegues think about this American warrior and macho bullshit. We cheer every time, when we learn about another major setback of foreign terrorists wearing...