The real blimp
Is the guy directing the "wide load" through the gates near the end of the video. Just average-sized for Ohio, I guess.
The first of the new, hi-tech German-made zeppelins which will replace the iconic Goodyear blimps in the skies above the USA has been unveiled at the Goodyear airship base in Ohio. The zeppelin in question is a "Neue Technologie" (NT) type produced by the modern-day German company descended from the Graf von Zeppelin's …
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One of the NT:s hung around the Helsinki Malmi airport one summer around 10 years ago. It arrived from Germany, and the idea was to fly it to Japan, but Russia did not give the required permits. So after a month or two it flew back, and was later ignomiously shipped to its buyer by sea.
I live near the small Malmi airport, and saw it arrive, and then sadly grounded there.Funnhy how after a while this exotic ship started looking like a part of the landscape...
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Some commentards will remember that "gay" used to mean cheerful.
The handy factsheet Lewis Page points us at says the frame's made of carbon fibre and aluminum - kind of not GRP (glass reinforced plastic) and aramid as stated in his article.
I assume the carbon fibre's used as reinforcement for some sort of resin - probably epoxy - so the construction is basically the same as glass reinforced plastic, only with carbon fibre reinforcement.
I see from the Zeppelin NT site that aramid's used in the structure. I don't see any mention of glass, though.
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