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Message 1415133 - Posted: 13 Sep 2013, 15:52:28 UTC

Makes my old steampunk heart smile.




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Message 1415160 - Posted: 13 Sep 2013, 16:42:30 UTC

Why did they label it Thunderbird 2? T2 wasn't an airship.
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Message 1415219 - Posted: 13 Sep 2013, 18:44:34 UTC - in response to Message 1415160.  

Why did they label it Thunderbird 2? T2 wasn't an airship.

No, but T2 was about that size and shape, wasn't it?
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Message 1415249 - Posted: 13 Sep 2013, 19:32:48 UTC

I like the landing gear.

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Message 1415290 - Posted: 13 Sep 2013, 21:06:39 UTC

Size, hard to say. Shape, tentatively i suppose.
Colour, definitely wrong.
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Message 1415501 - Posted: 14 Sep 2013, 6:38:11 UTC - in response to Message 1415290.  

Size, hard to say. Shape, tentatively i suppose.
Colour, definitely wrong.

Yeah, well, I prefer shiny to battleship (or spaceship) grey.
'Course all the boats I rode were painted dull black....
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Message 1415517 - Posted: 14 Sep 2013, 7:41:42 UTC

It's probably shiny to reflect sunlight for temperature control issues. Or maybe they wanted to avoid the extra weight of a paint. An airship is similar to a spaceship in that they'd want to save as much weight as they can.

And it is kind of ugly to look at for those of us used to airships being cigar shaped but again, form follows function.
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Message 1415518 - Posted: 14 Sep 2013, 7:44:20 UTC

Also remember that they use Helium now not hydrogen. That makes a big difference in lift.
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Message 1415963 - Posted: 15 Sep 2013, 14:29:16 UTC - in response to Message 1415518.  

Also remember that they use Helium now not hydrogen. That makes a big difference in lift.

And flammability!
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Message 1415967 - Posted: 15 Sep 2013, 14:36:40 UTC

The return of the Dirigibles...

People have had articles about that off and on for a while now, it's nice to see something more real than an article.
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Message 1416038 - Posted: 15 Sep 2013, 16:47:10 UTC - in response to Message 1415967.  

Apparently, this is called, 'progress'! Be back in a sec....someone calling themselves Ming the Merciless, wants me to sell him my laser mouse...



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Message 1416863 - Posted: 17 Sep 2013, 14:25:29 UTC - in response to Message 1416038.  

you'll never come out of it alive


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of mine, and in the lives those who needed me in theirs.
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Message 1417212 - Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 14:38:06 UTC

IMHO - either a hopeless dreamer out of touch with reality, or an out and out fraud. Airships will never be succesful until they match the infrastructure costs of a helicopter (which just needs a bit of sorta flat land) or the rough weather capability of fixed wing aircraft (fixed wing aircraft routinely fly into hurricanes on purpose to take weather measurements, airships routinely get wrecked in stiff breezes). I see nothing in this design that addresses either issue.

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Message 1417256 - Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 16:33:17 UTC - in response to Message 1417212.  

IMHO - either a hopeless dreamer out of touch with reality, or an out and out fraud. Airships will never be succesful until they match the infrastructure costs of a helicopter (which just needs a bit of sorta flat land) or the rough weather capability of fixed wing aircraft (fixed wing aircraft routinely fly into hurricanes on purpose to take weather measurements, airships routinely get wrecked in stiff breezes). I see nothing in this design that addresses either issue.

The aircraft that fly into hurricanes aren't passenger liners, nor are they cargo carriers, the market he's going for here. C5As (and oil tankers) avoid hurricanes. The article says it can land anywhere there's room for it, land or water, so it's almost as useful as a helicopter; can a chopper lift 66 or 250 tonnes?

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Message 1417262 - Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 16:40:53 UTC - in response to Message 1417256.  
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The article says it can land anywhere


I wonder how much the insurance would be
if you stated that you were going to fly
in to storms on a regular basis with
passengers in one of those things.
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Message 1417266 - Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 16:52:08 UTC - in response to Message 1417161.  

That's a Blimp Chris, not a Dirigible/Airship which is different.

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For other uses, see Airship (disambiguation).
"Dirigible" redirects here. For the 1931 film, see Dirigible (film).
Not to be confused with Balloon (aircraft) or Blimp.

A modern airship
Dirigible airships compared with related aerostats, from a turn of the 20th century encyclopedia

An airship or dirigible is a type of aerostat or lighter-than-air aircraft that can be steered and propelled through the air using rudders and propellers or other thrust mechanisms.

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Message 1417268 - Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 16:55:53 UTC

Wow, the last thing I expected was for people to start arguing. :|

Before it get's too stupid I'll ask the mods to close it.


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