Sometimes it pays to look up.Yesterday off in the distance I saw an odd shaped item getting closer and closer. When I noticed it was a blimp I grabbed my camera to take a photo. The navy blimp was flying right over Lecanto, Florida about 2 pm yesterday. Even though it looked like it was going slow compared to a plane, I barely had time to get a few photos before it moved out of sight. The wind was blowing from the southwest and it was helping propel the blimp forward at a goodly rate of speed.
Before and during World War II airships were used for anti submarine detection in patrolling both the Atlantic and Pacific ocean areas. After fifty years the Navy has resumed the airship program. Some interesting facts from wikipedia for the navy blimp are:
- Crew: 9-10
- Length: 251 ft 8 in (76.73 m)
- Diameter: 57 ft 10 in (17.63 m)
- Volume: 425,000 ft3 (12,043 m3)
- Useful lift: 7,770 lb (3,524 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-2 radials, 425 hp (317 kW) each each
- Maximum speed: 78 mph (125 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 58 mph (93 km/h)
- Range: 2,205 miles (3,537 km)
- Endurance: 38 hours 12 min
In this photo is the gondola where the crew of the airship are located. For more information and animated diagrams about airship parts and propulsion please check out the link to How Stuff Works information about blimps. Keep looking up, you never know what you might see or learn. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.