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(BBC-US) Video James May presents a brief history of airships entitled "Where have all the airships gone?" Answer: "Hello, airplanes? Yeah, it's blimps, you win"   (bbc.com) divider line 50
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2013-09-26 03:55:15 PM
i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-09-26 03:57:09 PM
Is it odd that I'm giddily happy when I see a new James May video? I think I'm living vicariously through him - he truly has my dream job(s).
 
2013-09-26 03:57:38 PM
I'm pretty sure an airship is not a blimp!!!
 
2013-09-26 03:58:13 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

Well, alternate universe James May thinks airships are way too speedy for leisurely travel.
 
2013-09-26 04:03:38 PM
So David Mitchell, Richard Hammond and now James May. 3 funny Brits who do web series in front of green screens.

Nothing wrong with it, but always looks cheesy.
 
2013-09-26 04:09:10 PM
Yeah, that's pretty much how it went.

The resurgence of airships recently is pretty much based on cargo hauling, iirc.  Once you've paid the capital cost of the lifting gas you've basically got a bigass boat that can go over land, and boats are the cheapest way to ship things in the modern world by a huge margin (the only limitation being, well, land).
 
2013-09-26 04:14:29 PM

Tax Boy: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x226]

Well, alternate universe James May thinks airships are way too speedy for leisurely travel.


Alternate universe James May is also part of that shiatty British ripoff of the awesome American auto show, so who cares what he thinks?

/and who gives a shiat about the race driver? Just drive the damn car!
 
2013-09-26 04:14:42 PM
BALLOONS IS FOR KIDDIE-VINKIES!
 
2013-09-26 04:14:42 PM

rufus-t-firefly: Is it odd that I'm giddily happy when I see a new James May video? I think I'm living vicariously through him - he truly has my dream job(s).


that's a fact jack
 
2013-09-26 04:20:34 PM

rufus-t-firefly: Is it odd that I'm giddily happy when I see a new James May video? I think I'm living vicariously through him - he truly has my dream job(s).


I'm the same way, man.  I feel that feel.
 
2013-09-26 04:23:50 PM

Jim_Callahan: Yeah, that's pretty much how it went.

The resurgence of airships recently is pretty much based on cargo hauling, iirc.  Once you've paid the capital cost of the lifting gas you've basically got a bigass boat that can go over land, and boats are the cheapest way to ship things in the modern world by a huge margin (the only limitation being, well, land).


Isn't there a big helium shortage going on?  Hasn't affected my company yet, but there's constant talk of supply uncertainty.
 
2013-09-26 04:24:26 PM
Blimps are terrible!
 
2013-09-26 04:32:01 PM
farm1.staticflickr.com
 
2013-09-26 04:42:13 PM
I've always dreamed of hijacking the Thanksgiving Snoopy balloon and riding it across the ocean screaming "I'm coming for you, Red Baron! YOU'RE A DEAD MAN!!!"
 
2013-09-26 04:43:21 PM

uksocal: Isn't there a big helium shortage going on?  Hasn't affected my company yet, but there's constant talk of supply uncertainty.


The government is still under orders to sell off the stockpile, iirc.

There might be uncertainty related to literally everything about the US government being unreliable at the moment, though.
 
2013-09-26 04:48:12 PM
 
2013-09-26 04:49:04 PM
Just how fast does an airship go, anyway?

How does it handle bad weather?
 
2013-09-26 04:51:34 PM
GTA thread? :)

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-09-26 04:51:38 PM
We all know the diff between dirigible vs blimp vs zeppelin , right?
 
2013-09-26 04:52:30 PM
You only get the blimp with a preorder.  Duh.

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-09-26 04:54:50 PM

Teaser: You only get the blimp with a preorder.  Duh.


I got it with my regular retail copy.
 
2013-09-26 04:58:41 PM
 
2013-09-26 04:59:30 PM

Jim_Callahan: uksocal: Isn't there a big helium shortage going on?  Hasn't affected my company yet, but there's constant talk of supply uncertainty.

The government is still under orders to sell off the stockpile, iirc.

There might be uncertainty related to literally everything about the US government being unreliable at the moment, though.


With all the natural gas drilling going on, and the price of He going up, it has to become commercially viable soon to start selling what they're pulling up.
 
2013-09-26 05:08:59 PM
I hate international BBC not letting me read their stuffs.

I liked the episode where James May flies an airship into an airport and everyone gets very cross with him.
 
2013-09-26 05:21:39 PM

uksocal: Jim_Callahan: Yeah, that's pretty much how it went.

The resurgence of airships recently is pretty much based on cargo hauling, iirc.  Once you've paid the capital cost of the lifting gas you've basically got a bigass boat that can go over land, and boats are the cheapest way to ship things in the modern world by a huge margin (the only limitation being, well, land).

Isn't there a big helium shortage going on?  Hasn't affected my company yet, but there's constant talk of supply uncertainty.


We just had out helium shipments cut back to 80% of normal. We're told eventually there will only be enough for hospitals, large medical research companies and the military. We will be changing our lab equipment to argon but it will be costly.
 
2013-09-26 05:26:35 PM

Jim_Callahan: Yeah, that's pretty much how it went.

The resurgence of airships recently is pretty much based on cargo hauling, iirc.  Once you've paid the capital cost of the lifting gas you've basically got a bigass boat that can go over land, and boats are the cheapest way to ship things in the modern world by a huge margin (the only limitation being, well, land).


They would make a pretty damn good long endurance remote weapons platform too, something to guard the high arctic and things like that.
 
2013-09-26 06:35:21 PM
It's my greatest regret that we don't live in an alternate timeline of dirigibles and air pirates.
 
2013-09-26 07:20:23 PM
Probably due to that explosively flammable helium.
 
2013-09-26 07:27:58 PM
Really, no one?  Not one of you?

i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2013-09-26 07:38:54 PM

Dragonflew: Teaser: You only get the blimp with a preorder.  Duh.

I got it with my regular retail copy.


They put them in the entire first shipment, which could sell out, so it's not that you don't get one if you don't preorder, but a preorder was the only way to be sure.
 
2013-09-26 07:39:57 PM
Captain Slow wants to travel in an airship that maxes out at like 30 mph instead of a jet that travels at 500+ mph?

Where's the obvious tag?
 
2013-09-26 08:27:58 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Really, no one?  Not one of you?


Yes, but are you still going to have to go pick him up in the Lambo?
 
2013-09-26 08:36:20 PM
This thread was done in one.
 
2013-09-26 08:44:05 PM

Frederf: Probably due to that explosively flammable helium.


Such a great episode.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K_WmV50e7c
 
2013-09-26 09:38:48 PM

Slaxl: I hate international BBC not letting me read their stuffs.

I liked the episode where James May flies an airship into an airport and everyone gets very cross with him.


Satanic_Hamster: Really, no one?  Not one of you?

[i.telegraph.co.uk image 460x287]


Did you just scan the thread for pictures?
 
2013-09-26 09:57:44 PM
semna.webs.com

Knows a thing or two about airships.
 
2013-09-26 10:17:38 PM
img.fark.net
 
2013-09-26 10:36:37 PM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: It's my greatest regret that we don't live in an alternate timeline of dirigibles and air pirates.


Don't give up hope!
 
2013-09-26 11:06:49 PM

agent00pi: Slaxl: I hate international BBC not letting me read their stuffs.

I liked the episode where James May flies an airship into an airport and everyone gets very cross with him.

Satanic_Hamster: Really, no one?  Not one of you?

[i.telegraph.co.uk image 460x287]

Did you just scan the thread for pictures?


This thread is useless without pictures.
 
2013-09-26 11:12:12 PM

Satanic_Hamster: agent00pi: Slaxl: I hate international BBC not letting me read their stuffs.

I liked the episode where James May flies an airship into an airport and everyone gets very cross with him.

Satanic_Hamster: Really, no one?  Not one of you?

[i.telegraph.co.uk image 460x287]

Did you just scan the thread for pictures?

This thread is useless without pictures.


Any thread is worthless without pictures. WIth a few notable exceptions.
 
2013-09-27 12:15:40 AM

uksocal: Jim_Callahan: Yeah, that's pretty much how it went.

The resurgence of airships recently is pretty much based on cargo hauling, iirc.  Once you've paid the capital cost of the lifting gas you've basically got a bigass boat that can go over land, and boats are the cheapest way to ship things in the modern world by a huge margin (the only limitation being, well, land).

Isn't there a big helium shortage going on?  Hasn't affected my company yet, but there's constant talk of supply uncertainty.


Not really a shortage, the US built up a helium reserve long ago (WWII or cold war era or before) and they're running it down at prices way below replacement cost.  Helium was strategic back when it was created (possibly for airships or for something related to nuclear weapons, I have no idea) but it's mostly just useful (I believe a major industrial use today is MRI super cooling).
 
2013-09-27 12:35:55 AM

OtherLittleGuy: Tax Boy: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x226]

Well, alternate universe James May thinks airships are way too speedy for leisurely travel.

Alternate universe James May is also part of that shiatty British ripoff of the awesome American auto show, so who cares what he thinks?

/and who gives a shiat about the race driver? Just drive the damn car!


I can't believe you didn't get more bites.

Seriously.
 
2013-09-27 12:42:28 AM
All good. Merely a Communication Breakdown.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-09-27 01:49:58 AM

bikerific: Just how fast does an airship go, anyway?

How does it handle bad weather?


The Graf and the Hindenburg went about 70mph and the way they dealt with bad weather was simply to go around it or otherwise avoid it.
 
2013-09-27 02:07:09 AM
and there goes my brain telling me to play FFIV or FFVI for the gagillion time, even though i have to go to Knott's early tomorrow...must resist!
 
2013-09-27 02:31:41 AM
"World's first televised disaster"? In 1937?
 
2013-09-27 02:45:03 AM
Helium is simply going away, and nothing willl change that in the foreseeable future.

There has to be a way to make a fire-resistant hydrogen dirigible.
 
2013-09-27 03:11:15 AM

Alien Robot: "World's first televised disaster"? In 1937?


Yes.  When would you speculate that the first televised disaster occurred?  in 1918 before television, or at the comedy central roast of Flavor Flav?
 
2013-09-27 06:50:23 AM
Knowing people that fly hot air balloons, even propane is getting expensive.  I can't imagine what helium prices might be like. Granted with the global manufacturing we have, and SO many cargo ships sending product back and forth, and airship could be a very efficient way to transport things once you fill a balloon with gas (especially if you use the natural wind paths of the earth).  However, there seems to be such a huge risk of not only a balloon getting damaged, but think about what would happen to the cargo when that ship crashes.  This seems very backwards (sort of like how the space shuttle program is going back to 1965 space capsules).

Reminds me of that simpsons episode in the future where Lisa is getting married, and hugh hefner is like "I'm glad that rethought that whacky airplane design"
markism.net
 
2013-09-27 07:18:18 AM

nelsonal: uksocal: Jim_Callahan: Yeah, that's pretty much how it went.

The resurgence of airships recently is pretty much based on cargo hauling, iirc.  Once you've paid the capital cost of the lifting gas you've basically got a bigass boat that can go over land, and boats are the cheapest way to ship things in the modern world by a huge margin (the only limitation being, well, land).

Isn't there a big helium shortage going on?  Hasn't affected my company yet, but there's constant talk of supply uncertainty.

Not really a shortage, the US built up a helium reserve long ago (WWII or cold war era or before) and they're running it down at prices way below replacement cost.  Helium was strategic back when it was created (possibly for airships or for something related to nuclear weapons, I have no idea) but it's mostly just useful (I believe a major industrial use today is MRI super cooling).


All the troubles you guys mention can be traced back to one phrase:

"Helium Privatization Act of 1996"
 
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