Google's Sergey Brin is building the world's biggest airship

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a hi-tech airship in Silicon Valley destined to be the largest aircraft in the world, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the project.

“It’s going to be massive on a grand scale,” said one, adding that the airship is likely to be nearly 200 meters long. This would make it by far the world’s largest aircraft today, albeit smaller than the epic Hindenburg Zeppelins of the 1930s, or the American navy airship USS Macon that was once based in the very same hangars where Brin’s aircraft is now taking shape.

The sources revealed details of the airship on the condition of anonymity, citing confidentiality agreements. Brin has revealed nothing of his airship ambitions and is building the airship in a giant hangar on a Nasa airfield far from the eyes of the public.

Brin wants the gargantuan airship, funded personally by the billionaire, to be able to deliver supplies and food on humanitarian missions to remote locations. However, it will also serve as a luxurious intercontinental “air yacht” for Brin’s friends and family. One source put the project’s price tag at $100m to $150m.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/may/26/google-sergey-brin-building-largest-aircraft
 

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Love the way the author conflates the details to make it sound more impressive than it is. ::)
 

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sferrin said:
Love the way the author conflates the details to make it sound more impressive than it is. ::)

Not quite sure what point to make other than needless cynicism.
 

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Flyaway said:
sferrin said:
Love the way the author conflates the details to make it sound more impressive than it is. ::)

Not quite sure what point to make other than needless cynicism.

Just that it'd be nice if the media went back to hiring professionals. But I might as well be wishing to win the lottery. Anymore you always have to read the fine print for the disclaimers. "World's largest aircraft!!!!" Except it's not even close to the largest airship. As bad as China continually bragging about their "largest seaplane in the world" while the much larger Martin Mars can be seen flying on YouTube.
 

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sferrin said:
Flyaway said:
sferrin said:
Love the way the author conflates the details to make it sound more impressive than it is. ::)

Not quite sure what point to make other than needless cynicism.

Just that it'd be nice if the media went back to hiring professionals. But I might as well be wishing to win the lottery. Anymore you always have to read the fine print for the disclaimers. "World's largest aircraft!!!!" Except it's not even close to the largest airship. As bad as China continually bragging about their "largest seaplane in the world" while the much larger Martin Mars can be seen flying on YouTube.

Well if I wanted to be pedantic you could say we officially don't know how big it is, so it might be the biggest and then again it might not be. ;)
 

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Flyaway said:
sferrin said:
Flyaway said:
sferrin said:
Love the way the author conflates the details to make it sound more impressive than it is. ::)

Not quite sure what point to make other than needless cynicism.

Just that it'd be nice if the media went back to hiring professionals. But I might as well be wishing to win the lottery. Anymore you always have to read the fine print for the disclaimers. "World's largest aircraft!!!!" Except it's not even close to the largest airship. As bad as China continually bragging about their "largest seaplane in the world" while the much larger Martin Mars can be seen flying on YouTube.

Well if I wanted to be pedantic you could say we officially don't know how big it is, so it might be the biggest and then again it might not be. ;)

"nearly 200 meters long"
 

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"World's biggest airship" could well mean "biggest airship in the world today". Doesn't necessarily mean "biggest airship ever".
 

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sferrin said:
Flyaway said:
sferrin said:
Flyaway said:
sferrin said:
Love the way the author conflates the details to make it sound more impressive than it is. ::)

Not quite sure what point to make other than needless cynicism.

Just that it'd be nice if the media went back to hiring professionals. But I might as well be wishing to win the lottery. Anymore you always have to read the fine print for the disclaimers. "World's largest aircraft!!!!" Except it's not even close to the largest airship. As bad as China continually bragging about their "largest seaplane in the world" while the much larger Martin Mars can be seen flying on YouTube.

Well if I wanted to be pedantic you could say we officially don't know how big it is, so it might be the biggest and then again it might not be. ;)

"nearly 200 meters long"

Well we will see I suppose at some point how accurate or not this article was.
 

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