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U.S. Navy Blimp Buzzes Sailboats  
User currently offlinehangarrat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 633 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5035 times:

My parents had a bizarre experience a couple of weeks ago sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with friends near the Patuxent River NAS. A Navy blimp came in for a close look at the fleet. At one point it looks like it's about 20 feet above the water. I had no idea those things were so nimble.
Stick with the video. It starts out with stills and goes over to video after a few seconds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Zru5cs9JA


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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2104 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4940 times:

I've got pictures yesterday of the Hangar 1 Vodka blimp going down Daytona Beach at about 75' which impressed the sh*t out of me, I was glad to see it. Guess the lighter than air guys are getting more brazen, bravo!


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User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5689 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4766 times:
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OK it was in Chesapeake Bay near Pax River but was that actually a Navy operated blimp?
If it was, what do they use them for?



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User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1535 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4677 times:

Quoting stealthz (Reply 2):
OK it was in Chesapeake Bay near Pax River but was that actually a Navy operated blimp?
If it was, what do they use them for?

That appears to be the MZ-3A, the airship currently own by the Navy and operated by an independent contractor. What it does, nobody knows.

-DiamondFlyer


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7526 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4182 times:

http://features.rr.com/photo/0cvGc8bb4E21C?q=Lake+Pontchartrain

Reading between the lines, IMO it is a surveillance platform.


User currently offlineBureaucromancer From Canada, joined Feb 2010, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3911 times:

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 4):
Reading between the lines, IMO it is a surveillance platform.

I haven't followed the program much, but offhand airships of just about any sort would make very good platforms for drug surveillance, I could see a blimp being just about ideal to spot and track semi submersibles and the like.


User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3753 times:

I am guessing this is a manned airship? Looks like there is a cab on it...


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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13985 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

Quoting Bureaucromancer (Reply 5):
Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 4):
Reading between the lines, IMO it is a surveillance platform.

I haven't followed the program much, but offhand airships of just about any sort would make very good platforms for drug surveillance, I could see a blimp being just about ideal to spot and track semi submersibles and the like.

The US Navy used blimps in WW2 to search for German and Japanese submarines off their Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as in the Caribean Sea.
Since airships don´t have to burn fuel to stay aloft, they have a very long loiter and patrol time.

Jan


User currently offline757dab From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3564 times:

That's a pretty cool video

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 1):

I saw the blimp too at the beach, it pretty much flew the coast (North to South) crabbing into the wind. I tried to find some info about it but all i came up with was Hanger 1's stupid website video



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User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1535 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3503 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 7):
The US Navy used blimps in WW2 to search for German and Japanese submarines off their Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as in the Caribean Sea.

Correct. One even managed to get shot down by a U-boat. The Navy flew airships through the 1950's and into the 60's, IIRC.

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 7):
Since airships don´t have to burn fuel to stay aloft, they have a very long loiter and patrol time.

Not entirely true. Ballasted in the right way, yes, that's possible. Realistically, you are going to burn fuel to do anything in an airship.

-DiamondFlyer


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