American Blimp A-170

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American Blimp A-170
Holden airship.jpg
Airship over Canberra, 25 August 2007
Role Patrol airship
National origin USA
Manufacturer American Blimp Corporation

The American Blimp A-170 is a blimp built by the American Blimp Corporation now owned and operated by the Airsign Airship Group.[1]

Holden Airship[edit]

The Holden Airship (nicknamed "the Holdenberg" by Australian news media) was a promotional gimmick operated by Holden (GM Holden Ltd), an Australian car manufacturer. The lightship was painted in the distinctive red and white livery of Holden and is flown at various outdoor events, such as Tertiary Open Day in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, on 25 August 2007 (see picture).

In late September 2007, The Holden Airship was decommissioned and shipped back to the USA in preparation for its next international contract.

MZ-3[edit]

A modified A-170 is operated by the United States Navy as an advanced flying laboratory, designated MZ-3A.[2]

Specifications[edit]

Data from [3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Capacity: 5 passengers
  • Length: 178 ft 2 in (54.3 m)
  • Diameter: 45 ft 11 in (14 m) envelope
  • Height: 55 ft 1 in (16.8 m) including gondola
  • Volume: 170,297,400 cu ft (4,822,285 m3)
  • Useful lift: 12,311 lb (5,584 kg)
  • Lifting agent:' Helium
  • Gondola length: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Gondola width: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in)
  • Gondola height: 3.3 m (10 ft 10 in)
  • Cabin length: 5.5 m (18 ft 1 in)
  • Cabin width: 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in)
  • Cabin height: 2 m (6 ft 7 in)
  • Lightsign length: 21.3 m (69 ft 11 in)
  • Lightsign height: 9.1 m (29 ft 10 in)
  • Lightsign Diagonal: 914 in (23,200 mm)
  • Lightsign Illumination: 369,600 LEDs + Internal illumination from two 1kW lights for night operation.
  • Powerplant: 2 × Lycoming IO-360-B1G6 4-cyl. air-cooled horizontally opposed piston engines, 180 hp (130 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 45 kn; 52 mph (84 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 40 kn; 46 mph (74 km/h)
  • Range: 216 nmi; 249 mi (400 km)
  • Rate of climb: 1,394 ft/min (7.08 m/s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/news/2012/09/07/van-wagner-acquires-blimp-advertiser.html
  2. ^ "Centennial," Spring 2010, Naval Air Forces Official Publication Vol. 2, Issue 2
  3. ^ "A-170 LIGHTSHIP SPECIFICATIONS". Archived from the original on August 28, 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2013.