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« on: January 08, 2013, 02:15:23 AM »

US Pentagon is currently developing a type of "Stealth Blimp" called the Pelican.
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 02:49:07 AM »

It's Thunderbird 2.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013, 03:40:30 AM »


Didn't this story make the rounds a couple years back? Maybe just a related or similar project.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013, 06:56:38 AM »

I could see something like that, minus the stealth features, being very useful for cargo hauling.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013, 04:19:51 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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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2013, 06:03:42 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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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2013, 10:11:39 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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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2013, 10:36:40 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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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2013, 05:41:06 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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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2013, 08:47:31 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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« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2013, 10:56:50 PM »

Or the blimp skybase from SFA
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« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2013, 11:23:56 PM »

Or the blimp skybase from SFA

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I think I was thinking of this.

In any event, possible Incoming Awesome.
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« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2013, 11:27:35 PM »

Or the blimp skybase from SFA

Or pretty much all pulp novels.
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