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Bad info[edit]

"Interestingly, Blimps are the only permissible air-borne vehicles in The United States in which wearing a seat belt is not mandatory for the pilot or Co-pilot." First of all, it begins with blimps r fun dey can go in d air nd make good times "Interestingly, ..." which is already a red flag. And the grammar, syntax, and capitalization are very clumsy. But more to the point, it's simply not true. Seat belts are not required in hot air balloons in the USA. Besides, USA-specific trivia like this would not belong in such an encyclopedia, even if it were true (which it's not). So I'm deleting the sentence. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:44, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

Old, unsectioned comments[edit]

What about hotships? Hotships are basicly a combination of a blimp and a hot air baloon. // Liftarn 17:16 Jan 7, 2003 (UTC)

The overview information about other types of airships should be moved to the page for 'dirigible'.


A user at added text saying that a hot air airship might also be referred to as a 'montgolfiere.' I think this is stretching it a bit. Perhaps this is true for French speakers, but in English I have heard 'montgolfiere' is used only to refer to hot air balloons. I've never seen a reference to a hot air airship. So I'd rather not expand the meaning of the term. But if somebody can point to an outside English language source that uses the term, then it is worth reconsidering

Blimpguy 19:56, 23 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Is there a relationship between blimps, hotships, and zepellins?

Yes, the various categories of airships are described in some detail that article. Although 'hotship' is a fairly rare term so it isn't discussed much in either article. It's included more for completeness Blimpguy 23:31, 21 Jun 2004 (UTC)

I don't understand calling a hot air airship as a "hotship". I've never seen this term used anywhere except in Wikipedia. Unless someone can produce a reference to the term in a different context, I am inclined to remove it. Blimpguy 13:34, 23 Nov 2004 (UTC) uses this term partially. Maybe it was just a shortcut for the editor of this webpage? I never read it somwhere else. There was a similar question on the german talk page for blimps, but not answer in spring this year. I will put the question on the talk page to the german hot-air-airship-article. I know that a member of GEFA-Flug will take a look on it from time to time. Maybe he will give an answer. Hadhuey 10:43, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
Ah. I know the fellow behind I'll contact him about his use of the term. Blimpguy 13:49, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Merge to Airship?[edit]

Shouldn't this be merged into the article for Airship? I don't see why it's a separate article. Suntzu3500 20:19, 9 December 2006 (UTC)

  • You would have to ask User:DavidLevinson that question, assuming he remembers why he set it up separately, 4 1/2 years ago. Wahkeenah 23:29, 9 December 2006 (UTC)
I do not think they should be merged. Airship is already too long as is. Merging in blimp specific info, such as where the term came from will only make the matter worse. A better choice would be to flesh this article out more by adding non-rigid specific info from airship. Blimpguy 15:19, 11 December 2006 (UTC)

"Swimming blimps"[edit]

Blimps to swim through the air like fish 17:30 23 March 2007 news service

A team from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research in Dübendorf have developed a 6-meter-long blimp steered by electrically-driven "muscles" in its rudder. Silvain Michel, head of the electroactive polymers department at the laboratory, hopes to fly a blimp that is not only steered but also powered by artificial muscles within two years. The blimp's tail would wriggle like a trout to propel it through the air.

--Wfaxon 17:04, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

Heated helium[edit]

  • Do they heat the helium on bigger blimps like the Goodyear and such? (Question removed from main article and placed here. Unknown author). (talk) 16:49, 18 December 2007 (UTC)
I don't think so, if helium were heated at all it would be in smaller airships. The ratio of cabin:balloon:helium in a large airship hypothetically be something like 1:3:9 in a small ship it would be 1:2:4 (I am no expert this is just a theory. none of the numbers are accurate just hypothetical) Craobh sidhe (talk) 02:02, 28 January 2008 (UTC)


Doesn't this article seem a little like a stub? It's kind of short, and I also think it's a little confusing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:05, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

Energy efficiency[edit]

The cost of fuel for flying is now a major issue. What are the basic facts about energy efficiency, for modern heavier-than-air vs. lighter-than air flying, of goods and/or passengers? - (talk) 13:34, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

blimp passenger service[edit]

Please add information about blimp passenger services. - (talk) 13:35, 18 June 2008 (UTC)


Shouldn't this article be loacated at Blimp? Blimp is the commonly accepted name, and the context of the article refers to them as "Blimps" throughout.-Brougham96 (talk) 23:02, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

I boldly moved it there. -Brougham96 (talk) 00:54, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
A long discussion at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Aviation#Blimps has failed to support the contention that "Blimp" is the authoritative term. I am moving this article back. — Cheers, Steelpillow (Talk) 20:13, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Tethered Balloon Picture[edit]

The "recreational blimp" picture appears to contain a non-dirigible tethered balloon. Trainbrain27 (talk) 22:11, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

Blimps are not safe[edit]

blimp perishing in a ball of flames-- (talk) 06:35, 20 June 2011 (UTC)

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Time to remove all spurious and bogus explanations for the origin of the word Blimp[edit]

Captain George Meager was a pilot at the airship station at the time of the incident which created the word "Blimp." He even narrows the incident down to one of two sheds for the SS ships which was too low to fit the blimp so a trench had been dug to accommodate the BE.2C car which explains how the envelope was within reach. The various other spurious claims, involving for example a B-Class Limp which never existed, are totally bogus or pure speculation. All other derivations should be removed.

Mark Lincoln (talk) 18:59, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

And we know Meager's account is the only accurate one how? Has it been thoroughly investigated by a neutral third party? - BilCat (talk) 20:06, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
No, keep the explanations, even the "B-Limp" sort. They're widespread misnomers and it's part of an encyclopedic role to explain and debunk the misnomers, as much as it is to explain the real ones. Andy Dingley (talk) 20:20, 26 October 2016 (UTC)