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    Re: More Coutinho Questions
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2016 May 4, 16:33 +0000
    I've never flown in a dirigible but I have flown in balloons several times and they are very steady due to the mass of hot air in the envelope. My sister has flown in blimps so I will have to ask her.

    gl



    From: Brad Morris <NoReply_Morris@fer3.com>
    To: garylapook@pacbell.net
    Sent: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 8:43 AM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: More Coutinho Questions

    Thanks Robert!  Additional mass leads to larger inertia and therefore greater stability.
    Brad
    On May 4, 2016 10:15 AM, "Robert VanderPol II" <NoReply_RobertVanderPolII@fer3.com> wrote:
    Brad Morris Wrote: "The Graf Zeppelin had a total lift capacity of 192,000 lb but only 33,000 lbs were for crew, passengers and cargo.  The remainder, of course, was for the Zeppelin itself.  So the mass of the Zeppelin was ~159,000 lbs. "
    Actually the mass of the GZ would have been much higher since the hydrogen in the gas bags would have been relatively rigidly restrained, it's mass would have also counted towards the mass of the airship.  I don't have time to figure the numbers.  Maybe after work.


       
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