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Don’t blink – The military airship returns

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agk
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agk   9/20/2011 2:02:37 PM
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LEMV at an altiude of 20000 ft can see a signature in a letter! great camera and signal processing. A good spy living in space for 20 days.

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skyship007   9/20/2011 2:07:05 AM
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I flew one once and it is an interesting airship, but the design is of no use for military operations, as apart from the fact they are horribly expensive and interesting to maintain, they are not tough enough. The new deal between Hybrid Air Vehicles and Discovery Air in Canada is where the real big bucks are and the new HAV 366 is the only way to go if you need serious heavy lift or long range point to point cargo aircraft. Regards JB (Airship & Blimp Consultant)

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skyship007   9/20/2011 2:00:19 AM
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Very true, but the LEMV operates at 20,000ft and only a serious missile system or large caliber anti aircraft gun can get that high. The Taliban do not have any serious AA weapons and can't even manage to shoot an aerostat down. Some twit in his Cessna 150 trying to fly formation a tad too close in the US is much more of a threat, although the LEMV is a multi cell design and one tough hybrid air vehicle. Regards JB (Airship & Blimp Consultant www.hybridairship.net & Gasbags comedy site www.airship.me for serious Helium sniffers only)

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Executive Recruiter   9/6/2011 8:03:09 PM
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Joseph A. Tuminello Executive Recruiter Auro Flight Sciences Corporation 703-396-6384 jtuminello@aurora.aero www.aurora.aero "High Quality for High Flight"

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RichardPercival   8/17/2011 6:50:29 PM
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The civilian Zeppelin is also back in the air, flying from its original factory on Lake Constance, but also on tour around Europe. See: http://www.zeppelinflug.de/seiten/E/fotogalerie/bilder.htm It is a spectacular machine.

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RichardPercival   8/17/2011 6:41:45 PM
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From http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/blimp : Etymology Origin not entirely certain, however most historians believe that it is onomatopoeia for the sound a blimp makes when thumped. Although there is some disagreement among historians, credit for coining the term is usually given to Lt. A.D. Conningham of the British Royal Navy in 1915. There is an often repeated, but false, alternative explanation for the term. The erroneous story is that at some time in the early 20th century, the United States military had two classes for airships: Type A-rigid and Type B-limp, hence “blimp”. In fact, “there was no American ‘A-class’ of airships as such—all military aircraft, heavier or lighter-than-air were designated with ‘A’ until the appearance of B-class airships in May 1917. There was an American B airship—but there seems to be no record of any official designation of non-rigids as ‘limp’. Further, according to the Oxford Dictionary, the first appearance of the word in print was in 1916, in England, a year before the first B-class airship.” (“Etymology of ‘Blimp’” by Dr. A. D. Topping, AAHS Journal, Winter 1963.)

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Bellhop   8/17/2011 3:08:57 PM
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If that doesn't look like a sitting duck....

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