This is not your grandfather’s Hindenburg

12 07 2008

The Hindenburg was the dirigible that met its end in the infamous conflagration in Lakehurst, NJ, in 1937. Its modern-day counterpart is the ubiquitous Goodyear Blimp fleet found at every significant sporting venue in the US. There is no risk of a repeat of the demise of the Hindenburg, for today’s LTA (Lighter Than Air) airships are filled with non-volatile gases like helium rather than the risky and extremely flammable hydrogen.

Now Boeing, and other companies, are looking to get a commercial fleet of blimps going again, initially to lift heavy payloads in remote areas, such as logging in Canada and other work horse type endevors.

More, in this article from Popular Science’s aviation department.




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