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Construction complete on military airship

Worldwide Aeros built a massive airship in a World War II-era blimp hangar in Tustin.   AP file photo

This Aug. 17, 2012 photo shows a massive blimp-like airship being built by Worldwide Aeros in a WWII-era blimp hanger at the former Marine Air Station in Tustin, Calif. Construction is complete on the airship that the military hopes to use to carry cargo around the globe, according to a report by The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Don Bartletti) NO FORNS; NO SALES; MAGS OUT; ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER OUT; LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT; VENTURA COUNTY STAR OUT; INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT, TV OUT

TUSTIN (AP) — Construction is complete in Southern California on a massive blimp-like airship that the military hopes to use to carry cargo around the globe.

The Los Angeles Times reports that a first flight for the 36,000-pound aluminum and carbon fiber Aeroscraft could come in the next few months.

It was built by Montebello-based aircraft maker Worldwide Aeros, under a $35 million contract from the Pentagon and NASA. Construction took place inside a 17-story wooden blimp hangar at the former military base in Tustin.

The newspaper says the Aeroscraft is a new type of hybrid aircraft that combines airplane and airship technologies. The 230-foot airship has piston engines that allow it to move vertically and a new type of buoyancy control system.

The company says it will ultimately carry up to 66 tons.

— Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

The Associated Press

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