Google co-founder Sergey Brin is working on a high-tech airship in Silicon Valley — a behemoth that will be the largest aircraft in the world, according to a report.
The dirigible will likely be almost 657 feet long, making it by far the largest aircraft today – though smaller than Germany’s iconic Zeppelins of the 1930s, or the US Navy’s airship USS Macon.
The Macon, which crashed in 1935, was 784 feet long. The ill-fated Hindenburg, which was more than 800 feet long, crashed in an infamous disaster in New Jersey two years later. Today, by comparison, the Russian Antonov An-225 Mriya is 276-feet long and the Airbus A380 is about 240 feet long.
Brin, who has remained mum on the project, is personally funding the airship. He wants the mammoth aircraft to be able to deliver supplies on humanitarian missions to remote locations — but it also will serve as a luxurious intercontinental “air yacht” for his relatives and pals, sources told The Guardian. The project will cost $100 million to $150 million to complete, one source said.
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