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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

Re: Sometimes one really has to wonder about the subheadings around here.

I was thinking more about the cover of Led Zep 1 and how not to do it.

As for Russia, there are vast parts of the country (and in Kazakhstan) that are almost unreachable by wheeled vehicle.

Really heavy lift choppers or indeed Airships are ideal for supplying these wildernesses.

I've visited northern Siberia [1] and some places we visited were only accessible using a Hovercraft or amphibious vehicle but that is only workable for 3-4 months a year. Using an Airship with air temps of -50C (in still air) would be problematic. Many steel alloys are very brittle at these temp. Building them would be an interesting engineering problem. The Russians have plenty of experience building kit that works in these temps. I wouldn't dismiss these plans out of hand.

[1] The biggest problem facing us were the gazillion, gazillion mossies/sq metre that fill the air anywhere near water in summer.

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