This article reports on the return of the dirigible -- the "blimp"-- which is the result of certain of it's economic aspects, the need for mid speed and the need for large carrier. A number of companies are operating or planning to operate dirigibles for advertising, military warfare, drug smuggler surveillance, and even commuter transportation. The blimp is very cheap to maintain (vs. the cost of airplane fuel), capable of carrying loads of up to 75 tons, ten times the capacity of an airplane or train, has amazing maneuverability, can fly over dense terrain and set down wherever it wants in a clearing of less than 100 yards. The current blimp uses helium instead of the highly flammable hydrogen so that there is little danger of an explosion or fire. A blimp can serve as a flying computer, a huge airborne radar platform, and monitor cruise missiles flying lower than conventional radar, monitor ship movements and track underwater submarine movements. Spectacular commercial uses are foreseen in cargo transport, particularly by lumber companies. Tourist companies are interested in developing "blimps" as cruise ships to transport people to resorts. The history of the development of the blimp is reviewed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Motor Club of America

    484 Central Avenue
    Newark, NJ  United States  07107
  • Authors:
    • Chadwick, B
  • Publication Date: 1985-11

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 2 p.
  • Serial:
    • Motor Club News
    • Volume: 41
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Motor Club of America

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00453756
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1986 12:00AM