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JUMBO AIRCRAFT SEATING 400-500 PASSENGERS, 200,000 + TON CRUISE SHIPS:-IS A RETURN COMEBACK OF THE DIRIGIBLES ON THE HORIZON?

 

Talk about a bunch of hot air: images of the untimely demise of the Hindenburg still haunt the once mighty dirigible a.k.a., blimp and zeppelin.  While they have continued to provide an effective role in military reconnaissance and in aerial advertising (Goodyear, etc.) at major sporting events, dirigibles have never succeeded financially as a major mode of transportation.  This may be changing.

 

Dirigibles, as alternative modes of transportation, are garnering serious renewed interest, as they are being viewed as economically friendly, leaving minimal pollution in operation, and are capable of operating with low cost, alternative energy sources.  Of equal importance, long runways are unnecessary.  With vertical takeoff and landing capability, convenient, close-in city locations can be effectively utilized.

 

Despite the obvious disadvantages of slowness of flight, the pluses are more than offsetting, including the coveted restoration of civility and luxury of the overall flight experience.

 

Perhaps initially, dirigibles will be utilized for sightseeing and travel of relatively short distances.