Not content with piloting Ed Force One during their most recent world tour, Iron Maiden lead singer and certified airline pilot Bruce Dickinson has been funding the construction of the world's longest airplane, the Hybrid Air Vehicle
: part plane, part airship. He also plans to fly it around the world. One neat little detail: it's being build in the same hangar that once housed the unfortunate R101 airship
. That one used hydrogen to keep it buoyant; this new airship uses helium. Also because it is actually slightly heavier than air, it is in fact a Led Zeppelin
posted by MartinWisse
on Mar 1, 2014 -
Desperate for Depression Era jobs, the communities of Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo and San Francisco raised 476,066 dollars to
purchase 1000 acres of land in the fertile Santa Clara Valley and put their community in the running for the first West Coast base
for rigid airships. On February 20th, 1933, President Hoover signed the
bill that authorized the Navy to accept the Mountain View property. Half of the five million dollars appropriated for construction went to the building
of Hangar One
, the eventual home
of the USS Macon
Sunnyvale Naval Air Station, commissioned on April 4th, 1933, was renamed Moffett
Field after the death of RAdm William Moffett in the crash of the airship USS Akron.
On February 12th, 1935, the USS Macon
ditched off Point Sur, effectively ending the Navy's rigid airship program.
posted by oneirodynia
on Feb 12, 2006 -
Robot planes may make phone towers obsolete "...it's a "Stratellite", and its makers believe it will revolutionise the broadband and wireless industry; if it ever gets off the ground.
Wisconsin communications company Sanswire on Tuesday unveiled its almost-finished prototype of a hard-framed, unmanned airship designed to fly in the stratosphere 21km above the earth and send broadband and cellphone signals to an area the size of Texas."
This in my opinion is an example of truly innovative technology.
posted by jaydedx
on Apr 13, 2005 -
The Death of a Dirigible - "The airship Shenandoah, nose to her high mooring mast, was floating gracefully with the variable breezes. Her twenty gas bags were about 91% full; her tanks loaded with 9,075 pounds of water and 16, 620 pounds of gasoline..."
I was fascinated by this account of the disaster that befell the Navy airship 'Shenandoah', marking the beginning of the end of the era of rigid bodied airships. [ Via a comment on /. ]
posted by GriffX
on Aug 6, 2002 -