In the history of world transport, airships do not have the most reliable records. But,?
In the history of world transport, airships do not have the most reliable records. But, the first flight of a newly constructed airship in West Germany on August 25 reflects a renewed confidence in this form of transport.
At Essen Mulheim, the construction and first flight of an airship in the '60' series has just finished. It is equipped with electronics equipment which will enable it to be used by press, radio and television.
A second airship is already under construction and will be delivered to Japan on September the fifteenth. Two more airships of the same lifting capacity - 1.4 tons (1.5 metric tons) - will come into service in January and March of next year.
In addition, pre-production plans for the next biggest series are being worked out. The first 88 yards (80 metre) ships with a payload of 8.8 tons (9 metric tons) will go into production next year; and construction will take between six and eight months.
With the experience gained in building these ships, the company will develop its standard ship of 132 yard (120 meters,) in length capable of carrying thirty metric tons.
The ship just competed is powered by two Rolls Royce engines and can travel at up to 65 miles an hour (100 kilometres). Its range is 250 miles (400 kilometres).