Dec 14, 2010

Clive Palmer’s magnificent flying machines

Forget WikiLeaks, Oprah and the Warne-Hurley saga, all eyes are on iorn ore baron Clive Palmer today, after the mining magnate made the surprising announcement yesterday that he was investing in the commercial viability of the Zeppelin.

Tom Cowie

Crikey journalist

Forget WikiLeaks, Oprah and the Warne-Hurley saga, all eyes are on iron ore baron Clive Palmer today, after the mining magnate made a surprising announcement yesterday. No, not about hiring Chinese workers. The other announcement.

Palmer is investing in the commercial viability of the Zeppelin.

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13 thoughts on “Clive Palmer’s magnificent flying machines

  1. Flower

    Interesting. So can the taxpayers of WA see all or part of the $45 million environmental bond Palmer weazled out of paying on his iron ore project, before he invests in Zeppelin International? After all, the state of the environment in resource rich WA has been thoroughly trashed by his ilk and free of charge too!

  2. mark hipgrave

    Alan Bond dabbled in the same industry in the 1980s


  3. Daniel

    Maybe he should invest in losing weight.

    Because he is fat. Clive Palmer is a fat man. He is grotesquely obese.

  4. Meski

    Apart from “hydrogen is extremely flammable” what do you have against them, given that they’ll inevitably be inflated with helium?

    “Oh the humanity”

  5. michael crook

    Yes, fortunately someone else mentioned obese bit so I dont have to. While I do not generally agree with any of Australia’s many billionaires on anything, this idea has great merit and there have been several proposals in recent years, none of which unfortunately, have got off the ground. (sorry) There is great merit in the proposal to carry freight by airship, far more environmentally friendly than our armies of trucks, and great also for both in country and international air travel for passengers, and lots less space needed for landing areas. Bring it on. I, who have no shares in the casino called the stockmarket, would definitely invest in this.

  6. zut alors

    I wonder which will have the first maiden flight ie: Virgin Galactic or Big Clive’s zeppelin?

  7. Flower

    If Big Clive’s on the maiden flight, will he be charged for excess baggage?

  8. Michael Noonan

    There have indeed been several attempts at reviving the dirigible before. All have failed. They’re complete bastards, and potentially highly dangerous, in a major storm, so schedules are hard to keep, they have to be huge (HUGE!) to carry useful amounts of freight if you use helium(much less efficient than the inflammable hydrogen) as the lifting gas, and they’re too slow to compete with fixed wing aircraft. The only niches where they’ve had any success is as mobile advertising billboards, and as free flying camera platforms. These niches have not made enough money to keep the companies that owned them going.
    Never say never, but it’s hard to see the financial case for bringing them back to life once more.

  9. Michael Noonan

    Oh, and Flower, Clive wouldn’t be on the maiden flight, he’d BE the maiden flight. A bulk purchase of helium suppositories and he’d be away, an inspiring sight in the skies of Western Australia.

  10. Flower

    Right you are Michael Noonan. Palmer’s leased his 632,000 hectare Mardie cattle station in WA to the Chinese for 25 years. Between Big Clive’s gaseous emissions, your helium suppositories and a whirly gig up his behind, he should stay sky-bound long enough to land in the dirty big hole the Chinese are digging – an open-cast pit 5.5 kilometres long, three kilometres wide and hundreds of metres deep. I’ll be at Mardie for splatdown with a Toro 50D dump truck to tidy things up a bit.

    Yee haw ……up up and away…..!

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