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Published: Sunday, January 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Construction complete on massive military blimp

  • A concept image of the Aeroscraft.

    A concept image of the Aeroscraft.

TUSTIN, Calif. -- Construction is complete in Southern California on a massive blimp-like airship that the military hopes to use to carry cargo around the globe.
The Los Angeles Times reports that a first flight for the 36,000-pound aluminum and carbon fiber Aeroscraft could come in the next few months.
It was built by Montebello-based aircraft maker Worldwide Aeros, under a $35 million contract from the Pentagon and NASA. Construction took place inside a 17-story wooden blimp hangar at the former military base in Tustin.
The newspaper said the Aeroscraft is a new type of hybrid aircraft that combines airplane and airship technologies. The 230-foot airship has piston engines that allow it to move vertically and a new type of buoyancy control system.
The company said it will ultimately carry up to 66 tons.

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