Coefficientofsnark wroteColonDang, the Hindenburg could actually carry two type A midget subs with some lift capacity to spare.
Thom wroteColonI had not considered that. . . Deploying a mini-sub from a Zep might be cool, but I am guessing they could be pretty weight prohibitive unless it was a very large Zep or one dedicated solely to that function. Still though, a very cool idea that merits further research and exploration of concept!
Another thought might go in reverse, an inflatable tethered observation balloon used by subs out at sea to expand their area of view. If raised and retrieved at night, they could watch for ships lights at greater ranges or even observe cities along the coast. Perfect for pirates planning raids. Painted sky blue they might be invisible even in daylight!
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