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Thermal airship

Thermal airship

Thermal airship

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Cameron Balloons invented the hot-air airship in 1972, and the latest generation of these eye-catching promotional craft incorporates up to 100 square meters of high visibility advertising space on each side of a hull.

Working in partnership Gefa Flug, the Cameron Balloons hot-air airship costs less than 5% of the price of a modern helium-filled craft to operate. The hot-air airship requires no large hanger, no portable mooring mast, no expensive ancillary equipment and only a small operating crew.

Maintenance of the Gefa Flug hot-air airship is simple and inexpensive.

How they work

Like hot air balloons, thermal airships are first inflated partially with cold (ambient temperature) air. Once the envelopes are sufficiently full, a propane burner is ignited, and the inflation is completed using heated air.

A Hot Air Ship generates buoyancy by heating air in the large envelope, overhead a Gondola. The lower density of interior hot air compared to cool ambient air causes an upward force on the envelope. This is very similar to a hot air balloon, with the notable exception that an airship has a powered means of propulsion, whilst a hot air balloon relies on winds for navigation.

These Hot Air Ships are routinely deflated after each flight and can be readily packed for storage and/or transport.

The first public flight of a hot air airship was made by Don Cameron in a Cameron D-96 at the Icicle Meet in January 1973.

  • Steel tubular spaceframe Gondola with aluminium and polycarbonate panels
  • Dimensions - Length: 41m, Día: 12.5m (4 Seater).
  • Hyperlast Material
  • Handcrafted to the highest aircraft standards

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