Tell me about airships
Yeah landing it would be tricky. I wonder if you could create a hybrid hot air/helium airship, so you could make it heavier than air to land it anywhere you wanted, then warm it all up to take off again.. Once airborne you could stick out some stubby little wings to gain lift which would reduce your need for keeping the gas hot.
Or you could just leave the fans pointed down until you had it tied down.Posted 4 years agoallthepiesMember
You’ll need a licence!
Is there such thing as an airship simulator ? 😆
Ideal for Farnborough airport Molly 😉Posted 4 years agoAmbroseMember
Molgrips- why am I ALWAYS drawn, as if by some weird Mollygetistic force to your threads? I love this idea.
Come and park it on one of the trees in my garden if you ever build it. Get CynicAl to give a hand with the designing and I reckon you are on to a winner. Maybe you could build a wood fueled version, ask Mc Moonter for some tips.Posted 4 years ago
late at night I suspect they whisper to one another and say ‘Why is Daddy making crazy plans again?’…
I hope they do 🙂
I think this is a seriously overlooked idea. Airships are perfectly valid, safe, regulated and well understood forms of transport. I see absoutely no reason why this idea would not be possible. It doesn’t need to be a crazy bodge, there are commerical airship companies out there.
It wouldn’t be cheap but then neither are luxury yachts.
My wife said we could do it if we become millionaires. Well, she said ‘yes dear’ without looking up, but that’s still a yes.Posted 4 years agonickjbSubscriber
You’ll need to get a certificate of airworthiness for whatever you build, you’ll also need a pilots licence to fly it. The top gear caravan was based on a standard blimp shaped hot air balloon. No good for touring as it’ll only fly for a couple of hours. You need helium to go any distance. They’ll fly for days so you can cross continents. It’ll be way more expensive and far less practical than a campervan. Fun project though, go for itPosted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Because cruising the world in your own airship with living space would be possibly the most awesome thing ever done, that’s why.
Precisely! Has anyone ever seen the archive film from the lounge of the Hindenberg on one of her Atlantic crossings?Posted 4 years ago
Just amazing, people sat by open windows waving at ship’s crews as they pass underneath, and watching pods of whales swimming below.
That’s the way to travel!
Trouble with Helium is that it’s a finite resource, so hydrogen would be better for lift. Yes, it’s highly flammable, but then, so’s seventy tonnes of Avgas, and it wasn’t the hydrogen that ignited in the Hindenberg, it was the outer skin, which was basically solid rocket fuel; aluminium powder in a cellulose dope base.
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