||The Reference on Airships
Lindstrand Balloons Ltd. was formed in 1991 after Per Lindstrand
left his position as managing director of Thunder & Colt Balloons.
(T&C was later acquired by Don Cameron.) Today, Lindstrand Balloons
offers a full line of hot air balloons and airships that is well
engineered down to the smallest details. Lindstrand also produced
a replacement envelope for the largest hot air airship in the world, the
The airship was developed by T&C and was formerly known as the AS-261.
Lindstrand recently developed an all new thermal airship, the HS-110.
It is supposed to handle like a normal helium airship and has a fully closed
composite gondola. I talked to Phil Thompson, sole owner and director of
Lindstrand Balloons USA, in March 1996 and he said that the three examples flying
at the time were fitted with a tubular steel gondola since the British helicopter
manufacturer contracted to supply the composite gondola had not yet completed its
development. The HS-110 uses a Rotax engine with a four-blade propeller and
its instrumentation includes a mode C transponder which allows safe operation in
controlled airspace. In addition
Ragge & Willow Enterprises,
who operates an HS-110 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, has designed an internal
illumination system for the envelope similar to the one found in the American Blimp
Lindstrand HS-110 Thermal Airship operated by
Ragge & Willow
in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
For more pictures of the HS-110 please visit Ragge & Willow's
Per Lindstrand, who is the owner of the company, holds several long distance
ballooning records which he set up together with Briton Richard Branson. Per
also holds the ablolute altitude record for hot air balloons with 64,997 feet.
Last but not least, Branson and Lindstrand attempted to fly around the world
Virgin Global Challenger
several times between 1995 and 1999.
For more information please see the
Lindstrand Balloons Ltd.
Lindstrand Balloons US
contact Lindstrand by mail.
|Technical Data for Lindstrand Airships
||34.0 m (111 ft 6.5 in)
||about 53 m (174 ft)
||13.2 m (43 ft 3.75 in)
||47.8 m (156 ft 10 in)
||3,125 m3 (110,358 cu ft)
||8,495 m3 (300,000 cu ft)
||37 km/h (23 mph)