this looks cool, but probaly not very practical. As far as travel goes, it would probaly be like comparing a luxary train to an airplane; it will take a lot longer to get where your going but its a nicer ride,
actually the usage of airships is making a come back. There are companies out there investing millions into large cargo transports. With state of the art technologies and computers, the "man power" requirements should be minimal.
Just another idea that will only exist in the virtual world. In the real world Northrop Grumman and Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) are building a very big hybrid airship for the US Army.
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Regards Bond, James Bond.
(Skyship blimp pilot in a View to a Kill)
Yknow what I'd like to see? MAG-LEV TRAINS IN AMERICA. We stand the most to gain from them (i.e. cheap, quick, long-range transport) and yet we're one of the few countries that hasn't yet jumped on the bandwagon. I don't care who makes em, I just want 'em!