A strong America needs dirigibles!

As much as I loathe the military-industrial establishment…

…I inherited from my father a great love of airships.

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Defense Tech reports the latest developments in the Walrus project to build a bigass blimp that will carry troops, spy on us from above, and host elegant piano bar soirées other military crap.

I’m holding out for a real dirigible though, and not just a big blimp. If I ever become as rich as a supervillain my preferred transport will be my private airship. Quiet, luxurious cruising, 500 feet in the air, looking down at the little people from my flying hotel and sipping champagne.

6 thoughts on “A strong America needs dirigibles!

  1. At one time I’d heard that the Zepplin Company was working on the design for a super cargo-carrier Zepplin that would haul cargo across the oceans and land far faster than you could with current ground/ocean based transport while charging a competetive price.
    Too bad they dropped that idea and went with smaller semi-rigid and partial-rigid blimps that were designed for short payload/distance work.

  2. Also, when the cheap oil runs out, dirigibles may make a comeback, being cheaper to run than aeroplanes. They’d take longer to get there, of course, but the intervening time could be spent in the relative luxury of a cabin and onboard bars, casinos, gyms, restaurants and such (not to mention communication with the ground by satellite-based internet; now that it’s no longer high-pressure executives who need it, the cost would come down by economies of scale).

  3. That would be SO COOL. I love blimps and zepplins and all that neat stuff.
    A guy I met once who claimed to be some sort of weapons engineer said that during the Vietnam war he was part of a project designing some sort of quiet, air-based spy ship that was turning out to be some kind of a blimp-type thing, but it was never made.

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