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baleen - 2013-02-16

Some stats on the new full-size version commissioned by the Pentagon:

- 17 stories high, 250+ ft long.
- Payload of 66 tons, 3 times that of the C-130.
- Speed of 140-150mph

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2013-02-16

"Crew is not to wear woolen materials or fly airship near ceilings, persian cats, or long haired people for 'fun with static electricity.'"

Konversekid - 2013-02-16

17 stories is how big the hangar is where they are doing the testing. It doesn't look anywhere near round enough to have those dimensions.

Jet Bin Fever - 2013-02-17

Don't worry, I'm sure they know not to fill these with hydrogen.

Rodents of Unusual Size - 2013-02-17


The steampunk community will be happy, at least.

poorwill - 2013-02-17

Fuck those guys though.

This is awesome because it's pretty much Thunderbird 2, the best Thunderbird.

Jet Bin Fever - 2013-02-17

They can tip their monocles at them while they drop armed parachuting marines ready to murder their anachronistic asses.

Senator_Unger - 2013-02-17

Have they forgotten about what happened to every other blimp ever made?

Juice Eggs McKenna - 2013-02-17

UN Nazi Zionist NWO airships are go!

Old_Zircon - 2013-02-17

It took me a while to watch this because the title made me think it was an anime.

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2013-02-17

Ive seen some other videos for this with DARPA marketing it as miltary transpost (including the listed benefit "avoid IEDs") with footage of 'Murican troops and tanks being dropped of in decidedly dusty deserty areas..
Anyway I wonder how they are marketing the fact that this is huuuge and slow moving (especially when it is landing or in "hover mode"); In a conflict situation will one of these not be the biggest rpg magnet that has ever existed?

Aelric - 2013-02-17

Egg-zactly. I know these things are filled with non-combustables and can work alright with a few holes, but a giant gaping RPG crater on the side is gonna take this slow moving air whale right down.

It'll still get used. It's cheaper logistics in the rear with the gear. It's just not a troop transport.

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