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Old 12-14-2010, 10:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I really do love lighter-than-air craft.

There is something elegant about them.

As a kid, I read a book about a bunch of people who lived on an island, and all had balloons of various types for transportation. I can't remember the title, but it may have been THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS.

In Wisconsin, we have the annual meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association. I wonder if any of those guys ever made their own blimp?

I remember one of my older brothers building a tissue-paper hot air balloon. It was powered by a cotton ball, soaked in alcohol, and lit on fire.

Come to think of it, ANY metal mixed with ANY acid will make hydrogen gas as a byproduct. I wonder what it WOULD take to make a small blimp...
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