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Offline besilarius

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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2015, 04:19:17 AM »
Very interesting. Thanks for posting that, bes.
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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2015, 05:42:15 AM »
My pleasure, Bawb.  Love the elegance and majesty of the lighter than air craft.
I do feel the Huns went too far though.  Bombing the Dean distillery in Rosyth went beyond the pale.
All those poor geordies doing their best to save that fine single malt.  The hospitals were overwhelmed.
Talk about collateral damage.
“Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out until too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along”.  Terry Pratchett.

During filming of Airplane, Leslie Nielsen used a whoopee cushion to keep the cast off-balance. Hays said that Nielsen "played that thing like a maestro"

Tallulah Bankhead: "I'll come and make love to you at five o'clock. If I'm late, start without me."

"When all other trusts fail, turn to Flashman." — Abraham Lincoln.

"I have enjoyed very warm relations with my two husbands."
"With your eyes closed?"
"That helped."  Lauren Bacall

Master Chiefs are sneaky, dastardly, and snarky miscreants who thrive on the tears of Ensigns and belly dancers.   Admiral Gerry Bogan.

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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2015, 05:44:12 AM »
My pleasure, Bawb.  Love the elegance and majesty of the lighter than air craft.
I do feel the Huns went too far though.  Bombing the Dean distillery in Rosyth went beyond the pale.
All those poor geordies doing their best to save that fine single malt.  The hospitals were overwhelmed.
Talk about collateral damage.

A war crime and no mistake.
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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2015, 06:11:28 AM »
“Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out until too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along”.  Terry Pratchett.

During filming of Airplane, Leslie Nielsen used a whoopee cushion to keep the cast off-balance. Hays said that Nielsen "played that thing like a maestro"

Tallulah Bankhead: "I'll come and make love to you at five o'clock. If I'm late, start without me."

"When all other trusts fail, turn to Flashman." — Abraham Lincoln.

"I have enjoyed very warm relations with my two husbands."
"With your eyes closed?"
"That helped."  Lauren Bacall

Master Chiefs are sneaky, dastardly, and snarky miscreants who thrive on the tears of Ensigns and belly dancers.   Admiral Gerry Bogan.

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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2015, 12:40:30 AM »
I've got a lovely coffee table book on the Hindenburg which also has a great history on the airships. My favourites have to be the Macon and Akron. Those were awesome with their own recoverable recon planes.

edit: This is the book, Hindenburg: An Illustrated History
« Last Edit: November 21, 2015, 12:43:07 AM by Pinetree »
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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2015, 10:02:47 AM »
I've got a lovely coffee table book on the Hindenburg which also has a great history on the airships. My favourites have to be the Macon and Akron. Those were awesome with their own recoverable recon planes.

edit: This is the book, Hindenburg: An Illustrated History

I have that one as well, along with a few others. Here's a book I would dearly love having: Up Ship By Charles Rosendahl. I read a copy through a library many years ago and would like to again but it's not there anymore.  :(
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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2015, 03:46:20 PM »
HOLY CRAP...that Hindenburg illustrated history is available for a penny!!!
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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2016, 07:23:48 PM »
“Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out until too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along”.  Terry Pratchett.

During filming of Airplane, Leslie Nielsen used a whoopee cushion to keep the cast off-balance. Hays said that Nielsen "played that thing like a maestro"

Tallulah Bankhead: "I'll come and make love to you at five o'clock. If I'm late, start without me."

"When all other trusts fail, turn to Flashman." — Abraham Lincoln.

"I have enjoyed very warm relations with my two husbands."
"With your eyes closed?"
"That helped."  Lauren Bacall

Master Chiefs are sneaky, dastardly, and snarky miscreants who thrive on the tears of Ensigns and belly dancers.   Admiral Gerry Bogan.

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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2016, 08:11:07 PM »
I want to believe.
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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2016, 04:28:56 AM »
Me too, Stagger.
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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2016, 08:06:09 PM »
I've wondered what if the US/NATO had operated an airship fleet that each could move 400 tons of cargo.  The Germans were flying airships across the Atlantic in 2.5 days.  So a round trip would take 5 days.  Give a day on each end to load/unload cargo and take on fuel and supplies.  While a cargo ship could carry a lot more cargo, those ships would also be a lot more vulnerable to sub attacks than an airship.  And a fleet of say 50 would mean you could land 2800 tons of supplies a day.  Or, perhaps even better, additional units.  It wouldn't be hard for a single airship to move 5-6 M1 Abrams in a single lift.  How long would it take to move a battalion or brigade from the US to assist in a war in Europe.  The Russians/Warsaw Pact would have to sacrifice a lot of aircraft trying to stop those airships. 
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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2016, 08:12:56 PM »
I've wondered what if the US/NATO had operated an airship fleet that each could move 400 tons of cargo.  The Germans were flying airships across the Atlantic in 2.5 days.  So a round trip would take 5 days.  Give a day on each end to load/unload cargo and take on fuel and supplies.  While a cargo ship could carry a lot more cargo, those ships would also be a lot more vulnerable to sub attacks than an airship.  And a fleet of say 50 would mean you could land 2800 tons of supplies a day.  Or, perhaps even better, additional units.  It wouldn't be hard for a single airship to move 5-6 M1 Abrams in a single lift.  How long would it take to move a battalion or brigade from the US to assist in a war in Europe.  The Russians/Warsaw Pact would have to sacrifice a lot of aircraft trying to stop those airships.

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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2016, 05:59:31 AM »
Read this book:

The War in the Air by H.G. Wells.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/780/780-h/780-h.htm

Great story about air ships in a Great War that never was.

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Re: Zeppelin
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2016, 06:31:02 AM »
“Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out until too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along”.  Terry Pratchett.

During filming of Airplane, Leslie Nielsen used a whoopee cushion to keep the cast off-balance. Hays said that Nielsen "played that thing like a maestro"

Tallulah Bankhead: "I'll come and make love to you at five o'clock. If I'm late, start without me."

"When all other trusts fail, turn to Flashman." — Abraham Lincoln.

"I have enjoyed very warm relations with my two husbands."
"With your eyes closed?"
"That helped."  Lauren Bacall

Master Chiefs are sneaky, dastardly, and snarky miscreants who thrive on the tears of Ensigns and belly dancers.   Admiral Gerry Bogan.