Permissible Arms

The Airships Return!

Posted in us military by Karaka on 13 July 2010

To the hearts and minds of steampunk nerds like me, anyway. Via Helmand Blog:

The LEMV could also be used to move heavy equipment while in Afghanistan, a massive advantage over competing UAVS.

HAV’s Gordon Taylor told The Engineer: ‘Traditional airships only float when they’re in equilibrium. If you put ten people on board you’ve got to take ballast off before you go anywhere.

‘Then, as you fly you burn off fuel becoming too light and making it hard to land: a hybrid overcomes these issues.’

The aircraft – the first of three similar three similar vehicles – is expected to make its maiden flight next summer and will be deployed in Afghanistan by January 2012.

I have to admit, I find these things fascinating, at least in part because Aeon Flux infiltrated my brain at a young age, followed up by a great deal of steampunkiness. I want this to exist at least in part because it’s just cool. And capable. Totally capable.

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  1. Eric C said, on 14 July 2010 at 08:47

    Any word on Steamboy-esque jet packs?

  2. onparkstreet said, on 14 July 2010 at 11:58

    Funny. Arts and Letters Daily just had a linked article on steam-punk. Oldster that I am, I had no idea what it was. Anyway, Victoriana seems to be perpetually popular.

    – Madhu

    • Karaka said, on 14 July 2010 at 13:22

      Steampunk is a favorite subgenre of mine, as much because I was exposed to Victoriana when I was young and impressionable as a great lover of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and all things similar.

  3. Alec said, on 14 July 2010 at 13:10

    Is this Philip Pullman Goes to Afghanistan?

    PS Best line ever from Justified: “It’s scum like you which give Christians like me a bad name”.

    • Alec said, on 14 July 2010 at 13:12

      Although, that’s better said in a Kantuckaaay accent.

    • Karaka said, on 14 July 2010 at 13:22

      Is this Philip Pullman Goes to Afghanistan?

      Ah, well-played.


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