AFFTC to get a Zeppelin?

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posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 08:49 PM
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Hopefully everyone knows that Groom Lake is Detachment 3 (DET 3) of the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards Air Force base. [I believe Glenn Campbell gets credit for that discovery.] Checking the government solicitations, AFFTC is investigating getting a NT-07 Zeppelin (I nearly wrote blimp!).



Qualitative Evaluation Flights on a NT-07 Zeppelin
Solicitation Number: FA9302-12-M-L015

The AFFTC Contracting Directorate, Edwards Air Force Base, CA is seeking to purchase the following service via an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity:


Qualitative Evaluation Flights on a NT-07 Zeppelin.

Read attached PWS Dated 27 Feb 2012 for performance requirements

Estimated Period of performance 09 APR 2012 to 30 JUNE 2012



You can go to
www.fbo.gov...
and check out
FA9302-12-M-L015
but the documents don't really reveal all that much.

Manufacturer's website:
zeppelintours.com...#/zeppelin-nt07/4529232024

No doubt this will cause rumors of the "stealth blimp" again. I'm not 100% sure a zeppelin made entirely out of composites (which this one is close to but not quite there) would be invisible to radar. The gas in the chamber is a different density than the atmosphere, so it might show up on the "proper" radar. Never underestimate electronic countermeasures. Geeky instrumentation can ruin a flyboys day.




posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 01:34 AM
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So they get the "Big Eye".

I'm amazed they haven't thought of it already.

It's amateuer hour at the DoD.



posted on Mar, 18 2012 @ 08:17 PM
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It turns out Edwards AFB made a similar request in 2010. Here is the contract number.

FA9302-11-M-L003

Only one interested vendor and no recorder of a reward.



ARIA INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
9040 SOUTH RITA RD, STE 2360
TUCSON, AZ 857479159 USA


Their website is offline:
www.aria-int.com...

The DoD have been using tethered blimps or zeppelins for years for radar. I don't recall much manned lighter than air aircraft, but then again, that is why AFFTC exists.



posted on Mar, 18 2012 @ 10:19 PM
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There is one of these zeps at KNUQ.
www.wired.com...
It has been doing tourist flights for some time, but apparently NASA now has (or maybe had for a long time) instrumentation on it. It should be N704LZ, as in Led Zeppelin.



posted on Oct, 19 2012 @ 01:16 AM
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Same request again.
www.fbo.gov...

If the link above doesn't work, try the main page here:
www.fbo.gov...

Look for solicitation number FA9302-13-M-L003

This is a contract reward:
DESC: INTENT TO AWARD A SOLE SOURCE PROCUREMENT, AIRSHIP VENTURE, INC.

Airship Venture runs these around the San Francisco Bay Area for tours.
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posted on Oct, 19 2012 @ 01:44 AM
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I saw an article, I think it was on Flight, that the Pelican airship is about to start flight testing (oops, was AvWeek).
www.blimpinfo.com...



posted on Oct, 21 2012 @ 05:34 AM
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You guys think it's a cover to start flight testing this bad boy???
www.darpa.mil...



posted on Oct, 22 2012 @ 10:26 PM
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galaxyblimps.com...

I found this company as an interested vendor in another government solicitation. I see advertising blimps quite often. I wonder if it will come to the point in the US where that blimp advertising Chevy is actually looking for marijuana patches? It isn't like a spy blimp needs this painted on the side to be legal:






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