Flying Luxury Hotel, the Aeroscraft

Popular Science ran an article that shows what could be the future of air travel. This is not a blimp. Unlike a blimp, which is filled with enough gas to become lighter than air, this aircraft will be filled with enough helium to lift two-thirds of its weight. Rearward propellers, in conjunction with small wings, will produce enough forward speed and lift to keep the aircraft flying. With a range of several thousand miles and a top speed of 174 mph, the aircraft will be able to fly cross-country in 8 hours at a height of 8,000 feet.

Like a cruise ship, it would have amenities such as luxury staterooms, restaurants, even a casino. This all sounds great except for the fact that unlike airplanes, this aircraft would fly below the weather, and be subject to rainstorms, tornadoes, lightning, and whatever else the clouds want to throw at it. Snow? Hail? I wouldn’t want to be on this thing while it’s being buffeted by strong winds. We’ll see if this ever materializes.

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