posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 08:49 PM
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
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
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
and check out
but the documents don't really reveal all that much.
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.