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Tue Dec 4, 2018, 03:12 AM

While You Weren't Looking, Engineers Combined a Plane and a Blimp to Make a Plimp Airship

By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | November 29, 2018 06:52am ET

What happens when you cross a blimp with a plane, and give it a few helicopter features? A lighter-than-air plimp-hybrid airship is born, according to a Seattle-based company looking for investors.

For $4 million plus overages (paid out over four years), investors can buy their own Model J ó a 169-foot-long (51 meters) aircraft that can carry up to 10 people (eight passengers and two pilots), or about 2,000 lbs. (907 kilograms) through the air, thanks to its helium-filled blimp-like body, gas-electric hybrid engines and rotational wings with propellers.

But don't call it a plimp outright. That word is trademarked and meant to be used as an adjective, said James Egan, a Seattle-based attorney who is the CEO of Egan Airships, maker of the plimp-hybrid aircraft. [In Images: Vertical-Flight Military Planes Take Off]

The idea came to Egan in childhood, as he was playing with helium balloons and balsa-wood gliders. He noticed that these wooden gliders had a slower descent when he tied helium balloons to the planes' wings and tails. "I became convinced there could be another form of aircraft if only you could put wings on a partial-lift balloon," Egan told Live Science.

More:
https://www.livescience.com/64186-plane-blimp-plimp-aircraft.html





Plimps!

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Reply While You Weren't Looking, Engineers Combined a Plane and a Blimp to Make a Plimp Airship (Original post)
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 03:23 AM

1. Yo, that's pretty

Pimp.

TlalocW

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 06:16 AM

2. Company slogan ...

That Plimpô is Plumpô.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 06:29 AM

3. Cute. But it's still a dirigible. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 06:47 AM

10. It's only a dirigible if the part with the gas bags has a rigid frame. n/t

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Response to Fortinbras Armstrong (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 07:21 AM

11. Dirigible means it can be directed. It's in the name. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #11)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 06:15 AM

15. You're right. I should have looked it up before I posted. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 09:09 AM

4. Plimp my ride. n/t

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Response to whopis01 (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 02:35 PM

6. DUzy! eom

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 02:21 PM

5. Call me when someone invents a real airship

Like the ones in Final Fantasy games.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 09:21 PM

7. I had a copy of Discover Magazine I should have saved...

One article was a "Gee Whiz" article on the future of lighter than air crafts, the other was how we are facing a critical shortage of helium in the near future. Oops.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 11:05 PM

8. Plimp! Plimp. Plimp....the more you say it, the funnier it gets!

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 02:58 AM

9. You're so right! I hope it becomes huuuge, everywhere. Want to hear people on tv saying it. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 08:28 AM

12. The Airlander 10 is also a hybrid airship/lifting body

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:00 AM

13. What does that first photo remind you of?

Yeah, thatís right; someone needs to paint that thing orange and create a giant tRump baby! 😂

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 02:54 AM

14. Whoa! Wow! Wonder if it's best not to mention it if you see it flying over! So unusual! Thanks. n/t

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