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February 01, 2012

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Ray Girvan

"seems to me, well problematic"

Not the least problem being what'll happen to the centre of mass if you put a multi-ton load *on top* of a balloon.

They could do a mid-air transfer if they had a well down through the lower dirigible - in effect, it would have a toroidal gasbag - and the upper one lowered the whole payload down through it to the bottom of the receiving dirigible before grabbing it.

Jeff Donlan

I've looked at this several times and developed a fondness for the people in the picture, all those people waving hooks like a mob ready to go after Frankenstein. They are stuck in a time warp, being asked to do what they all probably know is folly. Each of them has had a horse lean against him; they must have a gut feeling for the relative power of the massive aircraft involved. I wonder if D.G. Lloyds imagined such an enormous plane slowing to 75 mph in flight like that (assuming the blimp speed mentioned). Or maybe there are positionable propellers, something like a Harrier jet. Or is this just a fly-by making a quick drop of that pod with the three guys on it? I like the picture. Makes me think of modern China.

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