Hovering on the Edge: Will airships go mainstream… again?

A light breeze gusted against the enormous hangars that dominate the pastoral skyline of Bedfordshire, like Brobdingnagian relics in Gulliver’s Travels. “The weather was fine,” the post-accident report stated – perfect conditions for the Airlander 10’s second test flight, scheduled for Aug. 24, 2016. In the fields adjacent to the U.K.’s Cardington Airfield, aviation enthusiasts […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 7, 2017

Half-billion-dollar deal signals birth of new dirigibles era

When 17th century futurists imagined skylines teeming with dirigibles, they might have actually been on to something. But rather than ladies in hoop skirts pedaling across the Manhattan skyline on hybrid bicycle/balloon contraptions, the new Era of Airships 2.0 may look more like the one envisioned by Lockheed Martin, moving cargo instead of people. With […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 23, 2017

Lockheed rolls out first LM-100J Super Hercules commercial freighter [VIDEO]

After a three-year wait, the LM-100J has finally arrived on the commercial market. Last week, Lockheed Martin rolled out the first of these propeller-driven, modified military aircraft, known as  “Super Hercules Commercial Freighters.” Lockheed expects the freighter’s first flight to happen this spring. Lockheed Martin, which has decades of success with the C-130J Super Hercules […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 20, 2017

Bravo Industries to purchase ten LM-100J freighters [VIDEO]

Bravo Industries said it will purchase ten LM-100J Super Hercules commercial freighter aircraft from Lockheed Martin. The Brazil-focused logistics and defense group made the announcement at this week’s Farnborough Air Show in the U.K. The freighters will be used for air cargo operations in Brazil by Bravo’s Logística division, which consists of Bravo Cargas and […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 13, 2016

Get ready for airship hybrids

To help address the problem of bringing heavy equipment into regions with poor infrastructure, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has been working on developing a hybrid airship for more than 20 years. This week, they have announced a breakthrough. Hybrid Enterprises, LLC, acting on Lockheed Martin’s behalf, announced at the Paris Air Show that it will be […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 17, 2015

Lockheed’s Herculean undertaking

More than two decades have passed since Lockheed Martin has produced civilian Hercules cargo aircraft. The Bethesda, Md.-based defense company says the time is right and the market is ripe for the LM-100J, the civilian version of Lockheed’s C-130J Super Hercules military aircraft. Its predecessor is the L-100. “It’s a product of a number of […]
  • March 26, 2014