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Filling the Friendly Skies With Hot Air

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Filling the Friendly Skies With Hot Air

Mar 19, 2019 • Bloomberg

With China's help, huge, ballon-like craft could revolutionize air transport. Just don't call them blimps.

March 19, 2019 – When a massive helium-filled airship designed by Flying Whales, a French manufacturer, takes to the air for the first time in 2021, it won’t be against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower. Instead, it’ll probably fly over Jingmen, a dusty farm and industrial town in central China where Flying Whales and state-owned China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (CAIGA) recently announced they’re planning to build an airship assembly line. Production should start in 2022 and could result in dozens of the giant ships — each twice as long as a Boeing Co. 747 – floating around the world.

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