NCO Club: Off Topic Discussions => The Lab: Science & Technology => Topic started by: Koen on 4 March 2009, 12:28:00

Title: Wadisthat?
Post by: Koen on 4 March 2009, 12:28:00
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Title: Re: Wadisthat?
Post by: bongotastic on 4 March 2009, 14:18:49
They needed something to do for the team that otherwise would have worked on an air superiority fighter?

Title: Re: Wadisthat?
Post by: Tanker on 4 March 2009, 16:26:06
I see more ufo sightings in the future. ;)

Title: Re: Wadisthat?
Post by: Rattler on 4 March 2009, 17:31:43
folk, this has been discussed a hundred times over the last 3 yrs (yes, it is that old):

It is a (DARPA) project aimed to transport 1000 tns over 12k+ nautical miles (22k km) at any time, and it has been internally funded.

Skunk Works (that is the vid; the group that created among others the U-2 and JSF planes), but also Walrus HULA (Hybrid Ultra Large Aircraft, dead, ( and Aeroscrat ( ( are some of the various spring offs, and the aviation week article had it all:

January 31, 2006 Chief Test Pilot Eric P. Hansen flew for the first time this amazing hybrid airship prototype. Designed to be the best of two worlds by retaining the high speed of conventional aircraft and lifting capacity of aerostatic aircraft, critics say the hybrid airships represent the worst of both worlds in that such craft require a runway for take-off and landing, are difficult to control and protect on the ground, and have relatively poor aerodynamic performance. Up until now, no hybrid airship design has ever been developed past the initial experimental stages.

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