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    The return of the Airships?

    Could the day be getting nearer where we will once again be crossing the Atlantic on an Airship? Using a fifth of the fuel a conventional passenger plane would use to cross the Atlantic, this latest idea could take 300 passengers across the pond in a leisurely 2 days.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/mosl...pelin-age.html
    Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

    #2
    A fascinating topic. But i don't believe that it will happen.

    Look at the last German project:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CargoLifter

    And in this way the hall is used today:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_Islands

    Zeppelin in Friedrichshafen is operating since several years but they don't find new customers. I thing they have two or three NT's operating. One is for tourist flights and one or two are chartered out mostly for research operations.
    http://www.zeppelinflug.de/seiten/E/unternehmen.htm

    People do not want it really. I don't belive they have two days for this transatlantic voyage, over there and back it is four days!!
    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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      #3
      but you can see it maybe as a short holiday flight.
      people go on board of a cruiseship sail to Amerika an fly back to europe.
      ithink that you have to think that way,for commercial use people don't have the time for that these days.
      but for a once in a lifetime experiance it would fit.

      but so am i looking for the hole in the market to get rich,but didn't find it so far.
      best regards Thijs

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        #4
        This is indeed a very interesting project, and it comes up occationally.

        I think we had a thread and a long discussion about this on the old forum as well, and from what I can recall, it was about a heavy cargo lifter back then.

        With oil prices soaring and oil reserves eventually drying up, this might be forced into existance in the future. Nobody knows.

        But right now, I do not think it will be the first couple of years. But in the future, I'm convinced that they will come back.
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          #5
          Re: The return of the Airships?

          With the opening up of exploration and eventually drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic, there is going to be a market for freight carrying Blimps.
          This applies especially for on-shore operations at the North Slope, Alaska, which is now becoming likely.
          Equally so in Canadian Arctic and Siberia, with large tundra areas left to be explored.

          Presently Hover Barges and "Flying Crane" Helicopters are used to transport heavy equipment in the summer, when it is not possible to transport anything heavy by conventional wheeled or tracked vehicles due to the soft ground.

          Watch for it to happen sooner rather than later.
          Last edited by ombugge; May 30th, 2011, 10:21.

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            #6
            Re: The return of the Airships?

            If not the airships come back, will this Airbus video presentation be the future of aircrafts in 40 years?

            http://www.vgtv.no/?id=41673
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              #7
              Re: The return of the Airships?

              I also spotted that in the news.
              http://news.yahoo.com/s/digitaltrend...nalizedzones_1

              Wow! I would love to grab a seat on a night time flight if that was ever built.
              Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                #8
                Re: The return of the Airships?

                Could this be the future of flight?

                http://www.dagbladet.no/2011/06/20/n...riks/16996660/


                Image linked from article: EADS copyright.
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                  #9
                  Re: The return of the Airships?

                  The future of flight, or what do you think?

                  http://www.dagbladet.no/2011/08/11/n...rask/17634463/
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                    #10
                    Re: The return of the Airships?

                    I sure hope that is the future of flight. I am all for anything that gets the flight over sooner. I am not good at sitting in coach for more than a couple hours. I would do better flying trans-continental strapped to the roof.

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                      #11
                      Re: The return of the Airships?

                      I wonder what flying will be like in 20-30-40 years from now... whether it'll be airships, supersonic flights or even inter-stellar flight.

                      But, in relation to that article I posted, didn't they loose control of that testflight, and lost the entire craft alltogether? I think I read something about that.
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                        #12
                        Re: The return of the Airships?

                        Honestly in 20-40 years I think the airplanes will look very similar. The design life of the modern airliner is 30-40 years so we can expect to see 787's and A380s still around in 2050. I think the most visible change will be un-ducted fan engines. Going fast sounds appealing for passenger service but getting there cheap still drives the market.

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                          #13
                          Re: The return of the Airships?

                          Not airships but flying from Europe to Australia in 2-4 hours?

                          http://www.adressa.no/nyheter/okonom...cle1704424.ece

                          The future?
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                            #14
                            A bit OT but we have not other thread for airships.
                            This is one the last airship shelters from IWW still standing in Western France.
                            Ecausseville,Normandy,at the tip of Cotentin peninsula.













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                              #15
                              That's interesting, Yves. I wonder if it is the hangar that Steve used a long time ago as a puzzle in What Place is This? It seems that they are keeping it as a museum about the use of airships. In WW1 there was an airship shot down near a village not far from where I live, and I have seen photos of it. One day I'll get round to visiting the site, perhaps!
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                                It is run by an association who would like to open a museum but it is not as easy as they expected.Mainly owing to problems of security.
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