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World Air League: Round-the-World Blimp Race

It’s Hard Up There for a Blimp

Don Hartsell has a vision… a vision of a round-the-world blimp race.

Founder of the World Air League, Hartsell spent $2 million of his own money on organizing a round-the-world airship race. So far, his investment has been matched by private donors. I don’t know how much it would cost to organize a trans-global blimp race, but I bet it’ll cost more than $4 million.

At any rate, nobody has signed up for the World Air League. What’s the matter, princess? Don’t you think your blimp is fast enough?

Oh, and just competing would also carry a special cachet- you see, nobody has yet circumnavigated the globe in an airship.

His quixotic World Sky Race would be a first, aviation historians say. The event would begin on the prime meridian in England on Sept. 23, 2011, returning to Europe on March 20, 2012—about six weeks before the 75th anniversary of the LZ-129 Hindenburg disaster in which 36 people were killed in a field in Lakehurst, N.J.

via Wall Street Journal

The rigid airship 'R101' in flight over Hendon