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Re: Pentagon-backed Stealth Blimps
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2013, 11:49:07 PM »
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Re: Pentagon-backed Stealth Blimps
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013, 12:40:30 AM »
US Pentagon is currently developing a type of "Stealth Blimp" called the Pelican.

Didn't this story make the rounds a couple years back? Maybe just a related or similar project.
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Re: Pentagon-backed Stealth Blimps
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013, 03:56:38 AM »
I could see something like that, minus the stealth features, being very useful for cargo hauling.
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Re: Pentagon-backed Stealth Blimps
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013, 01:19:51 PM »
Yeah, this has been around for a few years now. It's good to see it finally moving forward - not for the stealth aspect, but the ability to move 60 tonnes of cargo relatively easily.
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Re: Pentagon-backed Stealth Blimps
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2013, 03:03:42 PM »
I'm not exactly a steampunk guy, but I loves me some blimps. Would love to see them return as transport but still would settle for super trucks in the sky.

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Re: Pentagon-backed Stealth Blimps
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2013, 07:11:39 PM »
Imagine travelling above the African savannah in a tourist blimp, watching the animals below while sitting in air-conditioned comfort. Make the blimp quiet enough and you might even be able to get pretty close without spooking the animals.

Sounds like fun to me.
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Re: Pentagon-backed Stealth Blimps
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2013, 07:36:40 PM »
Imagine travelling above the African savannah in a tourist blimp, watching the animals below while sitting in air-conditioned comfort.

http://www.documentingreality.com/forum/f3/luxury-airship-lets-tourists-enjoy-high-life-6961/

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Re: Pentagon-backed Stealth Blimps
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2013, 02:41:06 PM »
Assuming the Stealth function works, this also goes well with the U.S. military's recent-ish doctrine of small wars in lots of places.
60 tons is probably enough cargo to keep a couple of teams beating the bush for the objective of the year for months with a minimal infrastructure presence.
If you could work out getting the troops back to the blimp you might just have a proto-floating base...

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Re: Pentagon-backed Stealth Blimps
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2013, 05:47:31 PM »
If you could work out getting the troops back to the blimp you might just have a proto-floating base...

So...Today, the Pelican... tomorrow, the Shield Helicarrier?

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Re: Pentagon-backed Stealth Blimps
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2013, 07:56:50 PM »
Or the blimp skybase from SFA

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Re: Pentagon-backed Stealth Blimps
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2013, 08:23:56 PM »
Or the blimp skybase from SFA

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I think I was thinking of this.

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