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    Blimp ?

    How about one for a change....it has been several years now.
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    What's a blinp?

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    Aw c'mon Ron.... you know...like the ones Giidyear flies.

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    I guess it makes less noise than the Hurrier.

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    On a related note, I live near Midway Airport in Chicago, and often when a blimp is in town to cover usually a sporting event on the lakefront, they tether there. An interesting bit of logistics. The semi trailers that haul it, the tanker trucks that fill it and the ground support crew etc. Quite the sight to behold.

    I recall Goodyear's newest did appear at AirVenture a few years ago.

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    Agreed, the prep for pre-take off, take off, landing and securing is far more compelling than watching it lumber around the sky.

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    They have big support trucks. But I think they fly it to the event rather than inflate it onsite.
    Perhaps they add a bit of helium from time to time?

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    They used to park them at the airport I was based at when they came to town. We referred to it as a giant windsock as they only moor it by the nose letting it swing with the wind.

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    Haven't all the blimps been retired? I thought only rigid airships were in service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Stadt View Post
    Haven't all the blimps been retired? I thought only rigid airships were in service.
    The current Goodyear fleet is "semi-rigid." Van Wagner (the operators of things like the MetLife ones) still flies non-rigid ones.

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