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“On August 1st 2001, Rigid Airship Design N.V. stopped its activities”.

AIRSHIP HOLLAND® Global Relief Navigator®

With the right people, corporate and governmental support behind it, the chances for Ian Alexander’s initiative, “the construction of a classic Airship”, have never been better! Millions ( US$ 15 million) have been invested in this project till now, resulting in progress in all areas of research, development and practical experience. With all the acquired knowledge and continuing interest in the idea of constructing a rigid airship, the chances for a ‘relaunch’ remains within grasp.

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Due to recent disasters as the December 2004 Tsunami, the New Orleans Hurricane, Flooding in the USA and South America, and Earthquakes in Pakistan, Airship Holland has been approached to investigate the feasibility of designing and building a GLOBAL RELIEF NAVIGATOR, permanently stationed in Spain, available to humanitarian organisations (e.g. U.N. – RED CROSS – RED CRESCENT - UNICEF – UNHCR). Such classic rigid airship would be capable to arrive in disaster areas providing first emergency aid and telecommunication facilities within a time frame of 24 hours after occurrences. Increased requests for information from around the world continue to be received on a daily basis.

An interesting starting point would be the ‘Holland Navigator®’ project, an initiative of Boudewijn Hoogeweegen’s company, Taskforce in The Netherlands. Many corporations and governmental agencies remain staunch supporters of the project to realise a 250 meter long classic rigid airship, like the Hindenburg, guaranteeing participants relief opportunities, at home and around the world!

(to be continued…. and we welcome your reactions)

Please let us hear from you by commenting on one or more of these statements:

1. Airship Holland/Global Relief Navigator deserves support from the International Community
2. A stockholders meeting should be organized
3. The Global Community does(n’t) need such a Resque Airship

e-mail your response back to Airship Holland®

    Available information:

    Video "Van Montgolfier tot Rigid", the history of ballooning and airships (only Dutch version):
    75 Euro.

  • Past website information with photographs, illustrations and drawings
  • 25 hours of DVD video material available
  • Historic videos and images
    - Company video presentation
    - Historic Airship footage (1900 - 1945)
    - ‘From Montgolfier to Rigid’ (20 minute documentary)
    - Launching the Zeppelin ZT (rough footage)
    - Airship Convention 2000 Friedrichshafen (rough footage)
    - The opening of the Zep/Alon Museum in Lelystad,Netherlands 2000
    - Video and stills Archives from 1996 thru 2001

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