The Mile-Long Zeppelin

This article about Bob Laws, print-shop owner, and his dream of building a mile-long zeppelin ran in various papers back in 1977. Since it's now 35 years later, we can assume Bob's plan didn't come to fruition. But people keep dreaming of building giant zeppelins. For instance, designer Tiago Barros wants to build a giant, cloud-shaped zeppelin.

     Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 05, 2012
     Category: Air Travel and Airlines

This idea keeps popping up from time to time with the primary aim at transporting goods over long distances when time isn't a factor. Some mention is also made of passengers that, also, feel that the trip is more important than the destination.

Some day, I'd expect someone to give it a shot what with this global warming making the air thinner so heavier loads will be carried with smaller craft. (sicker, snicker)
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/05/12 at 10:41 AM
I read about a company who plan to carry loads which are too big for highway transport. By the way, thicker air gives more lift.
Posted by BMN on 08/05/12 at 12:41 PM
Not after the global warming event when all science, as we know it, will be reversed.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/05/12 at 12:43 PM
Does that also include death and taxes?
Posted by BMN on 08/05/12 at 01:00 PM
From May'11 Popular Science - they're still working on it.
Posted by done on 08/05/12 at 02:55 PM
I have loved Led Zeppelin since their first album. :cheese:
Posted by Skytt on 08/05/12 at 04:34 PM
$1.5 billion in 1977?
And it stays in the air forever?
People getting on and off by helicopter?
Everyone is allowed to have a dream.
As long as no one gets hurt, I say "dream on"!! 😊
Posted by girlgeniusNYC on 08/05/12 at 04:43 PM
People would ride it for the experience, I bet it would do well. Not necessarily one that big though.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/05/12 at 10:13 PM
Follow-up - from the Army e-Echoes (retiree newsletter), published Sep'12 -

First Flight Test Successful for Army’s Long Endurance
Multi-Intelligence Air Vehicle
WASHINGTON — For more than 90 minutes, Aug. 7, the hybrid air vehicle known as
the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) stayed afloat above Joint Base
McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
The LEMV, like a blimp, is capable of carrying multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
payloads for more than 21 days at altitudes greater than 22,000 feet. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/
Army Forces Strategic Command conducted the first flight test of vehicle.
The football field-sized LEMV is intended to be used to conduct long-term Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance,
or ISR, and persistent stare-type missions, and can also be used as a communications relay.

Yep - still working on them.
Posted by done on 09/18/12 at 01:42 PM
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