For years, the only way I could indulge my interest in stealthy dirigibles was by visiting conspiracy-theorizing UFO sites. Imagine my delight when I discover this on the pages of no less reputable a publication than the LA Times:
The Pentagon said Thursday that it intends to spend $400 million to develop a giant dirigible that will float 65,000 feet above the Earth for 10 years, providing unblinking and intricate radar surveillance of the vehicles, planes and even people below.
Sadly, the article also states that the dirigible in question will be a blimp, not a zeppelin. One half of the world’s lighter-than-air flight enthusiasts must be very happy. The other half, and among them me, will continue to place flowers on the grave of Alberto Santos-Dumont and sigh over old photographs like this one: