Dirigibles and the Future
Monday - May 22, 1972
WOR Show Original Airing
Shep discusses dirigibles, talking about their history, the different types, hydrogen vs helium, their construction and their future.
He says a company in England is currently building one to transport freight.
Claims he has logged time on the Goodyear Mayflower whose FAA registration number is N1A - the first registration issued. Explains how registration numbers stay with the craft even if sold andhow the numbering in used throughout the world. All US craft begin with the letter "N" and England begins with "G"
Mentions that US (Texas) is major source of Helium which was not allowed to be sold to Germany after WWI.
He further discusses the technologies that may come down in the future to be used in the aviation industry. Aircraft could received weather signals forcing a craft to divert its course to avoid bad weather. Also a "Federal" credit card to charge your flights and food with. Just stick it in the machine and if it is accepted, you're on!
Shep says it is 28 years until 2000, confirming year of show