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(Dark Roasted Blend)   Most of these airship dreams went over like lead zeppelins   (darkroastedblend.com) divider line 33
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2013-07-24 05:20:35 PM
Lighter-than-air craft are great.  Except for the whole landing and taking off parts.  Otherwise, they're great.
 
2013-07-24 05:34:24 PM
zeppelin pr0n!
 
2013-07-24 05:34:27 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

/approves
 
2013-07-24 05:40:40 PM
www.futuresack.com


What's wrong with a lead zeppelin Subby?
 
2013-07-24 05:58:48 PM
Checkout the old aircraft handers at RAF Cardingdon, England.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Cardington

And look at them on Google Earth for a better view of their size.
http://www. gearthhacks.com/downloads/map.php?file=12346
 
2013-07-24 05:59:52 PM
I wonder how long dirigibles would have lasted if the Germans had had access to helium and the Hindenburg disaster (or similar) never happened. They're slow but so are cruise ships. I think they would be great for cruises over land, specially over big cities, or natural and artificial marvels like canyons and big dams.
 
2013-07-24 06:01:11 PM
FTA:As a guy with deep steampunk and dieselpunk sensibilities

And I'm out
 
2013-07-24 06:01:51 PM
Awesome article! thanks, subby :3
 
2013-07-24 06:03:05 PM

talkertopc: I wonder how long dirigibles would have lasted if the Germans had had access to helium and the Hindenburg disaster (or similar) never happened. They're slow but so are cruise ships. I think they would be great for cruises over land, specially over big cities, or natural and artificial marvels like canyons and big dams.


Not much longer than the Akron or Macon.  We lost two Navy airships in the 30s, partly because we were trying to use them as aircraft carriers.  But lighter-than-air has a lot of inherent issues with bad weather.
 
2013-07-24 06:09:44 PM
List fails without this:

images4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-07-24 06:20:37 PM
Release the pterydactyls!
 
2013-07-24 06:26:38 PM

UNC_Samurai: talkertopc: I wonder how long dirigibles would have lasted if the Germans had had access to helium and the Hindenburg disaster (or similar) never happened. They're slow but so are cruise ships. I think they would be great for cruises over land, specially over big cities, or natural and artificial marvels like canyons and big dams.

Not much longer than the Akron or Macon.  We lost two Navy airships in the 30s, partly because we were trying to use them as aircraft carriers.  But lighter-than-air has a lot of inherent issues with bad weather.


They may have been the coolest manmade objects ever flown, but being lighter than air made them too susceptible to wind gusts.
www.nlhs.com
 
2013-07-24 07:41:51 PM
Kirov repuerting
 
2013-07-24 07:51:06 PM
Goodyear is replacing all of their blimps with zeppelins.http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-07/coming-201 4-goodyear- zeppelins
 
2013-07-24 07:55:00 PM

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: UNC_Samurai: talkertopc: I wonder how long dirigibles would have lasted if the Germans had had access to helium and the Hindenburg disaster (or similar) never happened. They're slow but so are cruise ships. I think they would be great for cruises over land, specially over big cities, or natural and artificial marvels like canyons and big dams.

Not much longer than the Akron or Macon.  We lost two Navy airships in the 30s, partly because we were trying to use them as aircraft carriers.  But lighter-than-air has a lot of inherent issues with bad weather.

They may have been the coolest manmade objects ever flown, but being lighter than air made them too susceptible to wind gusts.
[www.nlhs.com image 609x780]


To be fair, fixed-wing aircraft of the day didn't fare much better in bad weather. Losing an airship was just a much bigger loss of money and personnel. The real problem was that meteorology was in its infancy, and there was as yet no weather radar, so if a storm was brewing you didn't have time to avoid it.
 
2013-07-24 08:00:15 PM
I would love to see modern version of the Hindenberg.  I think it would be fun to travel that way.
 
2013-07-24 08:15:56 PM
What we really need is a nuclear powered bus to take us non-stop from NYC to Denver.

img2u.info
 
2013-07-24 08:18:50 PM
Heck... it had bowling and a swimming pool.

img2u.info
 
2013-07-24 09:16:38 PM
Uh hello, blimps?  Ya, it's blimps.  You win.  Bye.
 
2013-07-24 09:17:41 PM
Dammit!
Hello, Airplanes..
Stupid no edit capability
 
2013-07-24 09:47:46 PM
www.jannigogo.com
Oblig.
 
2013-07-24 09:50:25 PM
"Shenandoah" encountered violent atmospheric conditions and broke up in two halves

If it broke into three halves, would that be better?
 
2013-07-24 10:07:21 PM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: To be fair, fixed-wing aircraft of the day didn't fare much better in bad weather. Losing an airship was just a much bigger loss of money and personnel. The real problem was that meteorology was in its infancy, and there was as yet no weather radar, so if a storm was brewing you didn't have time to avoid it.


True, but the difference was that a fixed wing aircraft could put down in a farmer's field or on a country road when the weather was threatening. At best, ground handling was a nightmare on the big zeppelins (requiring huge crews to manage the mooring ropes). In bad weather, ground handling was next to impossible.
 
2013-07-24 11:03:24 PM
List fails with no mention of Helistats.
 
2013-07-24 11:12:52 PM
Mitt Romneys Tax Return:
[www.nlhs.com image 609x780]

Go home zeppelin, you are drunk.
 
2013-07-25 12:27:50 AM
I think Tom Swift sucked as pilot of an airship.  He crashed into the only building around.
 
2013-07-25 02:28:13 AM

Mock26: I would love to see modern version of the Hindenberg.  I think it would be fun to travel that way.


Unfortunately Airship Ventures out here at Moffet went out of business last year, before I had enough money to blow on a three hour tour.
 
2013-07-25 04:20:47 AM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

All aboard for safety and adventure on the rigid airship Excelsior, where the pampered luxury of a cruise ship meets the smoothness of modern air travel.
 
2013-07-25 06:17:40 AM
So

If I wanted to, say, commission some preliminary designs for airships, just for fun/kicks... anyone know who I would go to?

Commercial slow cruise travel.

http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/3426537/  (Warning: Furry site. May contain adult material; none in link provided.)

I don't even know how such a thing could work. "m not an engineer, the closest I get to one is thinking of very basic outline-level designs for aquaponics technology :|
 
2013-07-25 08:26:17 AM

acefox1: List fails with no mention of Helistats.


There's a reason for that.
 
2013-07-25 09:59:49 AM
Make sure you have your ticket though.  The checkers can be pretty rough
t1.gstatic.com
 
2013-07-25 10:04:50 AM
It's too bad.  That could have been someone's stairway to heaven.
 
2013-07-25 12:24:16 PM
cdn.themis-media.com
 
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