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Jan

Brass Airships!

   Posted by: cholmondeley   in Neo-Victoriana

First conceived in 1670, the notion of dirigibles made of metal has given rise to a number of curious failures over the last three centuries. This New Scientist article details a number of them, including the uniquely successful example: the US Navy’s “Tin Bubble”, an aluminium-plated airship capable of making 110km/h and lifting 5 tonnes, which flew for 2,250 hours over ten years of active service before being scrapped in 1941.

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Fascinating… right up there with the experiments in concrete battleships, one would think, but with advances in metalworking… the energy savings potential in lighter-than-air travel replacing some airplane services… or even some terrestrial travel, busses and so forth… certainly bears thinking about.

January 9th, 2009 at 1:55 am

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