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Don Donatt, who manned the radio and radar on the blimps, attested to the miseries of blimp flight, recalling a flight to Guantanamo that took 32 hours with a stop in Key West for fuel. Fahey went on to even more exciting and dangerous times spying on the Russian army. Another book on commanding a blimp is titled Wasn't I the Lucky One.
He and the other former blimp pilots and Navy personnel were invited to help celebrate the base's early history, which is memorialized in an exhibit at the terminal put together by Leslie Faulkenberry. Faulkenberry solicited donations of mementos, writings, uniforms and photos for the exhibit. The German U-boats had sunk ships in just six months, but the airship crews put an abrupt end to the destruction, Faulkenberry said. He praised Executive Director Steve Brian for the vision and leadership to get the new terminal built.
Jack Kingston, R-Ga. Good airport terminals are necessary as Georgia grows to more than 9 million residents in the coming years and visitation increases, he said. Cargolifter boss starts new airship company. BERLIN - The men whose failed attempt in Germany to build a huge cargo-carrying airship wiped out hundreds of millions of euros three years ago have returned to the fray, saying they are testing the market again for the Cargolifter.
Carl von Gablenz, the former chief executive, and associates said in Berlin late Thursday they had formed a new company named CL Cargolifter to promote the idea and were raising , euros in equity. Based on an article in Germany's Lake Constance print media, September 08 was to be the day when the Africa-Zeppelin departed for Jwaneng, a mining town in southern Botswana on its first of several months-long diamond exploring missions for De Beers Group of Companies.
The departure was preceded by the airship's arrival in Cape Town, South Africa after a day sea voyage on August 31, reported elsewhere as September Since then, the airship was off-loaded successfully although unfavorable weather conditions in port took extra time and slowed the assembly of engines and empennage. Notwithstanding, the NT airship was airborne a few days later. It completed a minute test flight and was then flown to a nearby military airfield.
There, it was fitted with diamond-sensing technology, that once aboard the zeppelin was reported to be five-times more efficient than existing equipment. Most prominent among the no fewer than six signs and logos painted on the envelope is one whose undulating ribbon-like lettering spells out "Diamonds for development in Africa" in multi-color along both sides of the airship. Of course, the De Beers' "A diamond is forever" moniker is not to be missed. According to the "MBendi Information for Africa" website, Botswana is the leading producer of gem quality diamonds in the world, producing some Debswana has 3 operational mines, Jwaneng is the youngest among them.
Although De Beers reportedly declined to enter into a profit sharing arrangement, ZLT'sprofitwas mentionedto amount to5. The cigar-shaped vessel sported the De Beers logo. The airship, a prototype Zeppelin-NT of the Friederichshafen-based Luftschifftechnik GmbH and one of only three of its kind in the world, was flown from the factory near Lake Constance to Amsterdam and shipped to South Africa. De Beers spokesman Tom Tweedy confirmed Monday that the company chartered the metre long German airship that will be fitted with measuring equipment to enable the study of geological formations that indicated the presence of diamonds in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.
De Beers gets the blimp in. Commander Lundi A. Moore, USN Ret. San Francisco, CA I just received a press release from Zeppelin where they state that the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH has bought the "immaterial goods" which I would translate as knowledge and scientifc results from the Cargolifter program. A new "lighter than air" institute will be founded with offices in Friedrichshafen and Cottbus.
And a national research network with universities and research facilities will be founded. With this research activities for larger airships which have already been performed for Cargolifter should be revived. Cooperations with supply industries are welcomed to support the development of the NT Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH hopes to boost German airship activities on the international market.
This is a short trial of translation of the 2 page press release which is only available in German so far. Have a look at the Zeppelin website for the full english version which I hope they will publish. The lighter-than-air "stratellite'' has been under construction by the GlobeTel Communications Corp. The prototype is feet long, 42 feet high and 60 feet wide -- about a third the size of the operational airships being planned, said Leigh Coleman, president of Pembroke Pines, Fla.
By comparison, the Carson, Calif. Sanswire One, however, resembles a shark or whale, with a broad tapered nose rather than the cylindrical shape of a traditional blimp. It also has a rigid structure, like the Zeppelins of the early 20th century, but is very lightweight. We see it as a link to the past. The developers hope to fly it to an altitude of 45, feet in July, but first must deal with regulatory and flight safety issues, Coleman said.
The developers planned to show off the airship during a press conference Tuesday. GlobeTel foresees a fleet of helium-filled "stratellites,'' each able to stay aloft for months at a time and automatically held on station by electric motors powered by batteries charged by solar cells. They would relay communications services including voice, broadband, high-definition TV, interactive high-definition TV and satellite radio at a cost far lower than traditional satellites in orbit, the company contends, and could also have military and government uses for surveillance and remote sensing.
By positioning "stratellites'' at an altitude more than a dozen miles high, the developers hope to minimize the effects of winds. There are still winds at 65, feet but the lower density of the atmosphere, combined with the shape of the "stratellite,'' should allow the motors to hold it in position, the developers believe. Coleman would not release the development costs but offered a general comparison with satellite technology. NYK Takes to the Air. The company has purchased a controlling, Actually, NYK Line has been flying for years through an equity holding in a large cargo carrier and through its wholly owned air freight forwarding service.
But this is the company's first ascent in airships. The venture's business plan calls for inaugurating service in time for the Aichi Expo, which will take place in and around Nagoya in Nippon Airship's initial craft will be small, and it will be mainly for displaying advertising messages and carrying a limited number of sightseeing passengers. But management at NYK Line is considering the possibility of operating larger craft.
The investment in Nippon Airship is an opportunity to study that potential carefully. It will measure 85 metres ft. Development of the new NT 14 airship 14 for 14, cu-ft.
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It is expected to take to the airduring the second halfof andbegin commercial operations in the fall of Thedecision to scale-up to a passenger airship, therebyincreasing the economies of airship operationshas prompted ZLT's chairman Dr. Straeterto state he was "much pleased about the decision". This view was also expressed by Friedrichshafen Lord Mayor Buechelmeier when he said "it isthe right forward-looking decision". Followers of the Zep NT airship scene may recall talks from a while ago about a stretched versionof the current passengerNT airship. In order to offer a market-ready and economically viable product on short notice, ZLTsince mid last year has looked atsuch aversion from both thetechnological as well as the economical point of view.
Yesterday morning first flight over Japanese airspace - NAC wants larger airship. Mission accomplished: Zeppelin NT has flown for the first time over Japan. Yesterday morning the former airship "Bodensee" took off from the Japanese port city of Kobe where a special transport ship with the Zeppelin onboard had arrived on the previous Friday. We're happy". After a one-hour test flight, the airship returned again to the port of Kobe.
There, another mooring mast was tried out and the airship refueled. Then the airship rose again and took off in the direction of the km mi. After five hours, with Japanese Fumio Omori at the controls and Fritz Guenther the copilot, the airship landed at Nagoya. Said Fritz Guenther: "We cannot even have a beer, because we're expecting snow.
And when it snows, we have to go out to the airship". Tanks with warm water are standing by to rid the airship of snow. There Japanese aviation authorities will examine the airship closely so that NAC gets final authorization to run an aviation business. He as well as DZR ground crew chief Christofer Sandford are helping the Japanese Zeppelin owners until the end of March to establish flight operations.
But that will not include commercial passenger operations. But he doesn't want to buy another same size Zeppelin. Said Wantanabe: "We are waiting for a larger one". That the transfer flight across Russia didn't work out still bothers him.
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Hindenburg Fire: Hydrogen or Incendiary Paint? See also: William H. Appleby's related paper, Airship Hindenburg: Experimental study of the involvement of the outer covering paint dope in the disastrous final fire. We share this good news with you:. Yes they were near to the centre about km away , but as you know on the ocean the movement and the waves were not strong. They noticed some unusual sounds and vibrations but not severe knocks. Our sensors did not give any severe respond. Fortunately they arrived meanwhile Kobe.
The Zeppelin is already assembled and they will leave the ship tomorrow morning if the weather conditions allow. So with any luck the airship should now have taken to the air having finally got to Japan. Not Quite Out of This World. Floating in the stratosphere at an altitude of about 20km 13 miles , the airship will behave just like a geostationary satellite, hovering over a particular spot and relaying radio signals to and from the ground.
Such airships will, however, be much cheaper to launch and maintain than satellites—and can do things that satellites cannot. ZLT's release stated that at this time no purchase inquiries had come in, neither from Neiman Marcus nor from Travolta himself. In addition toboth of the side-mounted propulsion units, the three part empennage was demounted and stowed in special containers for the sea voyage.
So that the airship's passenger cabin and mast truck would suffer nodamage during the crossing, theywere also given special protection. Thecrossing is supposed to take around days. By mid-January the ship is supposed be coming into the Japanese port cityof Kobe. There the airship will beput together again. By adding Geneva Aerospace's industry-leading unmanned autonomous flight control technologies to blimps, the military soon will have more cost-effective communications capabilities in combat areas.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, the military learned its communications coverage, including the ability to keep up with convoys, was not adequate. The U. The foot blimp can operate at an altitude of 1 mile, move at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, and stay aloft for more than 24 hours at a time without a pilot. The blimp is equipped with Geneva's avionics technologies, which include the flightTEK TM mission computer, as well as communications equipment. Plus, with flightTEK, the blimp can be guided by an operator from the ground.
This application creates a continual communication link for the military, which currently relies on fixed radio towers or fixed-wing aircraft to provide communications coverage. Bosch chose Geneva's flight control system for the ACE Airship after conducting a survey of autopilot equipment available on the market, Boschma said. Plus, the company is flexible about customizing its software to meet the needs of the blimp. Geneva Aerospace designs breakthrough technologies for unmanned aerial vehicles, providing unprecedented autonomy and control. The firm offers advanced flight controls, software, systems integration services and complete unmanned aerial vehicle systems.
Based in the Dallas area, Geneva's extensive client list includes the largest U. Learn more at www. They are also in discussion with some other potential customers for a new 12 seater. Up to now a decision has not been yet made. The highest priority has been the ferry of the Japanese airship to Japan.
Dock Express 10 Stowage plan. They are planing to start between the 4th and 8th of December. Via the Suezcanal and the Indian Ocean it will take 35 days to Japan. Engines and fins will be demounted and a barrier of containers will protect the airship. I had received the information three days earlier. At the moment it is in France on the way to the Mediterranean. The airship will land there and will be transported to a special dock ship.
The normal haul-in procedure will be used to bring the airship on to the mobile mast truck and on to the ship. There the side engine nacelles will be removed in order to use the attachment points for fixing the airship on the ship. The empennage will also be removed. Wind and weather protection will be given by container walls aside the airship. Zeppelin said that they had to make a lot of calculations to avoid overcritical loads in heavy weather conditions.
The airship is expected to arrive at the port in Italy on the 7th of December. The ship, carrying the airship, should depart for Japan on the 10th of December. Berlin - American adventurer Steve Fossett broke the speed record for airships in a flight with a German company's new-look Zeppelin, the manufacturer said on Wednesday. Fossett, together with co-pilot Hans-Paul Stroehle, took off early on Wednesday morning from the airport in the southern city of Friedrichshafen, Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik said. The existing record of Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik said Fossett's performance, monitored by the German Balloon Sport Federation, has yet to become an official record.
The German group will pass details to the United States' National Aeronautic Association before it is submitted to the International Aeronautic Federation for formal recognition. Fossett made global headlines when he bec! Zeppelin spokesperson Dietmar Blasius said the year-old acquired a licence to fly the airship in recent months at its Friedrichshafen headquarters, with Stroehle as his instructor. The craft, named Zeppelin NT for "New Technology", is filled with helium rather than the intensely flammable hydrogen that fuelled the earlier generation of airships.
The original Zeppelin era ended when the Hindenburg caught fire on landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey in - killing 35 of the 96 people on board. It is currently undergoing early yearly inspection. Specialists in shipboard loading and stowing are reported to be working hard to assure safe ocean transport for the airship. While a port of embarkation in Italy has not yet been announced, the airship's fly route across the Alps to southern Italy is currently being studied. The month-long sea voyage was reported to take the vessel-bound airship through the eastern Mediterranean and Suez Canal into the Indian Ocean and through the far-eastern archipelago before reaching its destination in the Land of the Rising Sun, where the airship is expected to be checked out and made ready in ample time for its long-planned aerial appearance at EXPO in Aichi, Japan, held March 25 through September Latest information on Walrus Heavy Lift Airships.
In its official statement explaining the reasons why, NAC said the question of Russian fly-over approval had"still not been cleared up conclusively" and that "mid-September expected weather uncertainties over Siberia" would not allow for any more wait. How much recent events such as both of Russia's mysterious airplane crashes, heightened security and inspection measure sand or other events have influenced NAC's decision was not immediately known. As of September 02, the airship was said to leave Helsinki weather permitting. Its first stop was going to be Stockholm, Sweden.
Aside from the regular required stops, sponsor Konica-Minolta may want to add several more cities left out on the outbound flight before the airship's return to Friedrichshafen within the next two weeks. This will allow the airship's owners to bypass multiple fly-over approvals and save valuable time.
It's expected the sea route will allow NAC to have the airship operational long before March of next year, in time for the Aichi World's Fair in Japan. While questions for the airship's ocean transport are currently being addressed, no details were available at this time. Note: The above article was based on recent German language news sources from Friedrichshafen. Eckener's death. Also planned for the day was a performance of the one-man play "Case Eckener", paying tribute to the man who was ahead of his time.
However, Dr. Bernd Straeter, Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik ZLT CEO remains highly optimistic that Russia's various ministries and authorities will come through with the necessary approvals, though it's not clear just when this will happen. While presently engaged in advertising flights over Helsinki, the airship's new owners plan for a period of 36 days to accomplish the roughly 10, km 6, miles still remaining before reaching Sapporo on Japan's northern islands group and enthusiastic crowds in Tokyo.
In addition to chief pilot Fritz Guenther though not piloting ,it consists of another eight members who as ground crew are responsible for vehicles and needed for the airship's maintenance while in transit. Belonging to the vehicles are a masted truck, an emergency mast, a shop van and tanker truck. The entire contingent excluding security personnel counting approximately 30 persons faces many tasks. For instance it needs to make sure the airship's supply of Helium is assured while it is traveling over Siberia's endless regions, lest it'll experience a noticeable loss of buoyancy.
Heavy-lift helicopters will have to transport ground crew equipment, including their vehicles over thousands of kilometers. In the end, available everywhere must be the appropriate fuel for the airship's engines. And all of this under the watchful eyes of Russia's security forces. Total flight distance in Europe will be more than 5, km and the Russian route will be another 10, km.
This distance is shorter than Graph Zeppelin around the world flight in But we would like to celebrate the 75th anniversary of their great record by our new Zeppelin airship. The route will take it through ten European countries, on a goodwill tour, before it starts the massive 10, km transit through Russia.
Making a virtue of necessity it was decided to tour Europe on the way and give as many people as possible the chance to see this modern leviathan. Although similar in shape to the airships of the s the Zeppelin NT is a state of the art aircraft that blends modern technology with the simplicity of lighter than air flight. The lightship A60 recently inflated in Cardington was destroyed on the mast due to a severe thunderstorm on Friday. Apparently the mast failed. The two-man crew escaped unhurt.
Dessler 3 June kb pdf file, 21 pages. Werner Franz' 5-day stay in America came to an end today as he made preparations to leave Lakehurst for Newark International Airport and return to Germany with his son, Andreas. Together with Bob and Nancy Holtom who sponsored their trip to the U. The rest of us stayed in the car. We didn't pose for pictures, we didn't say anything. It was Werner's moment. The food was good, the conversation lively though my German is terrible and Andreas did all the translating.
He spoke of crossing to the engine gondolas in flight, of almost falling off the catwalk to the horror of Captain Heinrich Bauer and carrying thermoses of hot coffee down to the ladder into the control car at all hours. He warmly recalled two teenagers, a boy and a girl, that he became fast friends with in Rio; their father operated a restaurant near the airfield.
Hank Applegate turned his head and asked, quite spontaneously, "Werner, what was your most unforgettable moment of Zeppelin life other than May 6, ? The two Zeppelins circled each other like porpoises, only visible to their each other's elated crew and astounded passengers. It really must have been something! Werner said he had hoped to graduate to "Steuermann" Helmsman after a few years and make a life career out of Zeppelin service.
Of course, it didn't work out that way. And as the time eventually came to say goodbye and exchange handshakes and hugs, we expressed our hope that maybe Werner might just come back again and he seemed to think that was a good idea. Clarence "C. Visiting from Germany will be Mr. Opening Ceremonies for the Information Center will commence at 2pm May 8. It will feature exhibits and artifacts showcasing the past, present and future of the Naval Air Engineering Station, covering over 80 years from the base's start as an Army Proving Grounds, through the Navy Lighter Than Air LTA era and on to its multiple missions today in the manufacturing, testing, training and development of all hardware and associated projects for all aspects of Naval Aviation.
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Braunbeck, etc. He wrote and drew on key problems of aeronautics, including action and reaction; the structure of wings, carrying surfaces, and landing gear; and even devices for directional control. Others in the next centuries took tentative steps toward flight. Various individuals tried to imitate the motion of birds and built apparatus with flapping wings called ornithopters.
Sometimes they attached wings to their arms and sometimes also their legs. Some mounted winged devices that they manipulated in various ways and occasionally added foot-pedal power. Although a few were able to travel short distances, others died when they jumped off roofs or towers and they and their devices crashed to the ground. Other experimenters tried gliding rather than flapping. In general, these were more successful than the flapping efforts, although the distances were still very short. In any case, many claimed to have flown but, not surprisingly, few had witnesses or could offer proof.
The first experimenter who a ctually analyzed the various forces that contributed to flight was the Englishman George Cayley at the end of the eighteenth century. Cayley identified and defined the forces of flight and sketched out an airplane that had the primary elements of a modern aircraft. Cayley defined the principles of mechanical flight and stated that, to fly, it was necessary for surfaces to be able to support a weight by applying "power to the resistance of air.
His "On Aerial Navigation" was one of the important early works on aviation. He also introduced the scientific method to the study of aviation-stressing careful analysis of problems and thorough testing. In the mid-nineteenth century, he demonstrated these principles with glider models that actually were able to carry the weight of a passenger a short distance. Cayley also experimented with variously shaped wings and demonstrated the importance that wing shape had on the ability of an aircraft to generate the lift that kept it afloat.
Cayley's work influenced inventors for at least the next fifty years. Both unpowered gliders and airplanes that were powered by engines were attempted.
Gliders were built that progressively could fly farther and farther and over which the pilots gradually gained control. Some of these gliders were outlandish-looking devices with various types of wing designs that had one, two, three, or even more flying surfaces. Some had short stubby wings while others had wings that were extremely long and narrow.
Louis Charles Letur built and tested a parachute-glider, which was the first pilot-controlled machine to be tested in flight. Inventors added engines to their gliders or balloons to provide forward motion as they became available or built new designs that were meant to use the power provided by an engine. The first engines were steam-driven and generally were too heavy to provide enough power for effective lift in relation to the weight of the apparatus they were meant to power.
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It was never built, but the steam engine that was designed to power it was judged the best that had been built up to that time. However, inventors had more success when an engine was used with a balloon. The year marked the first time a powered device had been applied to an airframe-in this case, it was Henri Giffard's airship that was driven by a three-horsepower steam engine. Thomas Moy built an Aerial Steam Carriage that was a monoplane powered by a steam engine that lifted a few inches off the ground. These aircraft displayed various types of propeller assemblies that were all sizes.
He developed theories about wing contours that he successfully applied to model airplanes, helicopters, and ornithopters. He also designed an amphibian monoplane that anticipated features that were implemented later.
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But he committed suicide before the design took real shape. Others used compressed air to generate thrust, and one inventor used gunpowder to power a propeller. Others reshaped wing to make them more aerodynamically effective and generate more lift. The final advances before the achievements of the Wright brothers took place in Europe in the last decade of the nineteenth century. He claimed he was the first to fly, but others categorized his achievements as mere "hops. The second, and more significant development, was that of the German engineer Otto Lilienthal, who was the first to launch himself into the air and fly.
He built monoplane, biplane, and triplane gliders--eighteen variations in all--and conducted experiment after experiment that tested their flying abilities.
He earned the title the "father of aerial testing" with his more than two thousand glider flights, some which covered distances of over a thousand feet meters before he died as a result of a crash landing in The American Octave Chanute also was a major figure at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Chanute, a respected and successful engineer and bridge builder, documented the efforts of others who had experimented with aviation, whether they had been successful or were abject failures.
He was the first aviation historian and lent his considerable reputation and analytical skills to publicizing and adding respectability to the burgeoning discipline. He also constructed and flew gliders with his colleague Augustus Herring along the shores of Lake Michigan near Chicago, Illinois. Chanute served as a friend and mentor to the Wright brothers and encouraged them in their efforts. The final unsuccessful attempt at powered flight occurred in the United States. Samuel Pierpont Langley, astronomer and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, tested several small models that were powered by gasoline engines.
These were successful and he was encouraged to try a full-size airplane called an Aerodrome.