‘Dragon Dream’ Experimental Zeppelin Takes Flight

‘Dragon Dream’ Experimental Zeppelin Takes Flight

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Tustin, CA -

Igor Pasternak has always dreamed of designing a cargo airship that can handled a heavy load, move vertically without it's nose or tail dipping and is unique. For the last 5 years the 49 year old Pasternak has been inching closer to that dream with his craft called the "aeroscraft' – a product of his company Worldwide Aeros Corp.

This Angeleno, who was born in the Ukraine and came to the U.S. after the fall of the Soviet Union, has designed something that looked to me and my photographer Tony Buttitta like a silver baked potato. Actually, from the nose it looks like a flying saucer.  "Dragon Dream" is about the size of a football field and a lot fatter than the Goodyear Blimp which sits not far away in the same Tustin hangar.

"Dragon Dream" is an experimental prototype that's half the size of what the real LTA (lighter than air) craft will be when it's done in 2016. In fact, Pasternak's goal is to have 22 of them in the air by the late this decade. Pasternak describes the craft as a "submarine" for the air using air to create ballast. It has moveable fins and is more like a dirigible than a blimp because of it's infrastructure. It also has 4 feet that use the kind of technology a hovercraft uses. It blows air out to help in landing. It can also suck it in to create a suction-cup effect.

Right now it's undergoing avionics and systems testing. Standing on the old Marine Air Station in Tustin and watching "Dragon Dream" kick up dust, rise, lower, go back and forth felt like I was watching a little history in the making. An airship of the future? That's what Igor Pasternak wants!

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