Man builds a functional airship you can fit in your garage

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Where you and I might walk our dogs around the block, retired engineer Jack Clemens walks his own working airship, a perfect model of a naval airship that was destroyed in 1935.

After requesting the plans for the US Macon, a helium airship that fell to bad weather in 1935, Clemens spent two-and-a-half years and $6000 creating a working model. Unfortunately, the only creatures that could use Clemens's ship for transit are very small hamsters, and his wife isn't too keen on his keeping the craft in his garage. He's considering donating the craft to the new museum at Moffet Field in California's South Bay, where the original Macon was housed.


[PopSci via Neatorama]