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Airships. Back. Again. Perhaps… May 27, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a hi-tech airship in Silicon Valley destined to be the largest aircraft in the world, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the project.

“It’s going to be massive on a grand scale,” said one, adding that the airship is likely to be nearly 200 meters long. This would make it by far the world’s largest aircraft today, albeit smaller than the epic Hindenburg Zeppelins of the 1930s, or the American navy airship USS Macon that was once based in the very same hangars where Brin’s aircraft is now taking shape.

Here’s a list of the 10 largest passenger aircraft in the world.

And here’s some thoughts on how sales are going on the A380.

And here’s one in development, albeit not a passenger aircraft. All looking a bit Gerry Anderson to my eyes.

Still what of the future and large aircraft? Here’s another handy list!

I like this line for the Aether Airship…

One of the more interesting ideas is the Aether airship. Designer Mac Byers realized that his airship needed to look different than old airships so that people did not associate it with disasters like the Hindenburg explosion. Thus, the Aether airship has a long, sharklike appearance that communicates both safety and futurism.

Hmmm… sharklike communicates safety. Okay. Still it’s a fine looking proposal.

I love flying wings so Boeings X-48C is right up my street. I say the more the better and with giant viewing windows too at the front edge so people can see where they’re going.

THen there’s Boeing’s Pelican, sadly now no longer being investigated by the for a ground effect aircraft that would fly all of 6m above an ocean – essentially an ekranoplan.

After that we’re into cool looking concepts which are unlikely to see the light of day anytime soon. The AWWA-QG Progress Eagle being one such – a triple deck design.


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