Lockheed's solution: Diversify even further. After losing the P-791 contract, engineers at Lockheed's famed Skunk Works development bureau hit upon a novel idea. Why not "demilitarize" the airship and sell it to commercial customers?
Last week, Canada's Aviation Capital Enterprises inked a contract to buy a rebranded P-791 "SkyTug" to perform cargo lift. The first SkyTug will be capable of carrying 20 tons of cargo, moving at speeds of perhaps 100 knots (For reference, that's about half the cargo capacity of a Boeing
Granted, at 100-knot speeds, airships won't win much FedEx business away from Boeing. But I'll bet there are plenty of other customers who could find uses for a heavy cargo hauler. We'll keep an eye on Skunk Works' new project for you, and let you know how it pans out.
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