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M1400 Airship Programme Confirmed Cancelled

24 June, 2012

Word has been received that the M1400 airship program will not be taken over by the US Navy as had been hoped, and the airship will now be deflated and put into storage.

The work to crate the airship is due to be completed by the end of July.

We will carry a report on the program and its termination in the September issue of AIRSHIP. 

Cardington Shed One Damaged Further in Gale Force Winds

Shed One at Cardington has suffered further damage during the high winds on Friday June 22. A section of the skin at the south end of the building has begun to peel away.

Thanks to Tevor Monk for the photographs.




June 22nd 2012.

The convention can only be described as extremely successful with 33 excellent papers on a wide array of subjects ranging from operations to historical and financing routes for airship programs.  Social time was greatly enjoyed by the delegates with many groups talking well into the night.

We will host a report on the convention in the September issue of AIRSHIP and will feature some issues papers over the next several issues.


AIRSHIP 176 - June 2012

The June issue of AIRSHIP has been posted and should be with members shortly.

For the duration of the Airship Association Conference, a copy of this month's Journal was available as a PDF.

UPDATED : M1400 Airship Programme Reported Cancelled

The US Air Force has issued orders to stop work on the the M1400 airship programme, and to deflate and crate the airship ready for storage. This comes just weeks before the airship's first flight. It would have been the largest airship to fly in 55 years. UPDATE: As of May 26th, MAV6, the developers of the M1400 airship, report they continue to make every effort to save the programme. A feature article covering the later stages of the airship's construction is included in the June issue of AIRSHIP.

LEMV To Fly in June

According to a media report, Northrup Grumman's director of Army Programs, K.C.C Brown Jr., has stated that the hybrid will make its first flight between 6-10 June, 2012.

Zeppelin NT Sets Out on Major European Research Programme

Zeppelin NT SN02 set out from Friedrichshafen on 17 May at the start of a 20 week research programme to study atmospheric pollutants. Project PEGASOS will take the Zeppelin to the Netherlands, Italy and in 2013 Finland. In the photograph below, the ship is seen performing for the media at her Friedrichshafen base. A detailed report on PEGASOS is included in the June issue of AIRSHIP. 

M1400 Moves Towards First Flight

Assembly of the M1400, the largest airship in the world, continues at a fast pace in Weeksville, North Carolina. But even as the ship nears it first flight, the programme is in jeopardy. Full details in the June issue of AIRSHIP.

Zeppelin NT used in California Meteorite Hunt

Airship Ventures Zeppelin NT EUREKA was used by NASA and SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) as part of the hunt for parts of the Sutter's Mill Meteorite in Northern California. The large meteorite, which was about the size of a mini-van, fell to earth on the morning of 22nd of April and was clearly seen in the daylight sky from Las Vegas, NV to Sacramento, CA.


The US Navy MZ-3A, currently the only US Navy airship flying, received a last minute reprieve from deflation on February 27. The airship had arrived at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and was due to enter Hangar 1 for deflation and storage. News of the deflation came just four months after the airship had received her US Navy ‘colours’. The reason given for the deflation was, according to Doug Abbotts, a spokesman at the Naval Air Systems Command centre at Patuxent River, Md. “It’s not that we have a lack of funding. We have a lack of mission.”


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