Originally Posted By motown_steve:
I've never understood the purpose of those things. They're big, slow moving balloons. The normal sized ones can't carry any cargo, and the ones that are big enough to carry cargo are so enormous that and slow that they make perfect targets.
Seriously, what good is a blimp?
They aren't terribly useful for military purposes anymore, as UAV's have taken over the role they occupied, but there are plenty of commercial uses for them. I've always wondered whether they would make good cold weather cargo delivery vehicles; i.e the antarctic, or carrying supplies to high altitudes that helicopters couldn't reach easily like mountain ranges.