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November 14, 2006

Ride the Skies in Luxury


Believe it or not, this behemoth is not lighter than air! As this Popular Science article explains,

Its 14 million cubic feet of helium hoist only two thirds of the craft's weight. The rigid and surprisingly aerodynamic body—driven by huge rearward propellers—generates enough additional lift to keep the behemoth and its 400-ton payload aloft while cruising.

Luxuryblimp02_1 Of course, the size of the "Aeroscraft" has some obvious benefits. It's practically a flying cruise ship and is being designed to accommodate luxury staterooms, restaurants... even a casino!

But you have to admit... it sure is ugly. Looks like a giant bean.

Luxuryblimp03_1I'll be sticking with Norman Bel Geddes Airliner No. 4.

Aircrafts that never flew
Bel Geddes Futurama
Bel Geddes Futurama II
Bel Geddes Futurama III
Rail Propeller Train (1931)


November 14, 2006 | Permalink


It looks like an engorged tick. I guess the never-ending battle between size and best usage of space shall go on.
As for me, I'm holding out for cloud cities...

Posted by: gregor | Nov 15, 2006 10:06:21 AM

"Eat your beans, i don't care how ugly they are"
- Mum

Posted by: roid | Dec 17, 2006 7:37:42 AM

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