4/23/2012 7:49:55 PM #
The problem with blimps is they're fossil fuelled - helium comes from natural gas and is not recoverable. So unless you're willing to use hydrogen (much more abundant) there's no real prospect of mass uptake. I'm waiting for vacuum filled (so to speak) airships.
4/24/2012 1:14:11 PM #
Yeah, I do seem to remember that we are running out of Helium, as indicated by rising use and prices.
In any event, a trip on a blimp would be cool.
4/24/2012 1:40:41 PM #
4/24/2012 11:17:26 PM #
Good link, but alas, it's just a 45 minute ride. I'm looking for the cruise ship type trip.
Thanks, though. Looks cool!
4/25/2012 5:25:08 AM #
I found this link at the German site http://www.zeppelinflug.de, which is the successor of the company that built the Hindenburg. Alas, the site is only in German.
If you manage to visit Germany, have a valid pilots licence and can spare two days and some 3450 € (~ $4500) you can even attend a flight training on a Zeppelin NT. According to that site there are currently only 19 pilots allowed to steer that kind of "air ship" and there exist only two of them - one that in San Francisco.
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