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    Blimp - Dirigible

    I was looking thru pics I've taken before I got hooked on this hobby, and I found this - American Blimp Corp A-1-70G, c/n 107:



    I took this picture almost a 2 years ago, did some googling about - even Airliners.net has photo

    Looks like there's only one of such aircraft:

    http://www.navair.navy.mil/index.cfm...sStory&id=4810

    http://www.aircraftdomain.com/tail-number/n157lg.html

    It has 2 engines and 10 seats.
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    Can you tell in the original photo if it's wearing the civilian N157LG registration, or if it has its Navy BuNo 167811? It would be on the lower fin. The bottom line likely says MZ-3A, which is the Navy's designation for the type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mateo View Post
    Can you tell in the original photo if it's wearing the civilian N157LG registration, or if it has its Navy BuNo 167811? It would be on the lower fin. The bottom line likely says MZ-3A, which is the Navy's designation for the type.
    It has top line - MZ3A and hard to tell which is below - isn't sharp on fin.
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    The Navy basically ordered off-the-shelf technology in terms of the airship itself, to get its feet wet again so to speak in Lighter than Air. The Airship has had several assignments thus far a couple of them at the 11th hour when the operation was going to shut down. As for the tail info....
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    Interesting - an N-number, and a Navy BuNo...

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    Tom,

    Thanks for the info...
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