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Lighter-than-air transport nears for Canadian oil field. For readers who thought that the era of airships as viable transportation ended with the Hindenburg crash in 1937, guess again. Not only are airships good for more than airborne billboards, a German firm has taken an intermediate step to bring lighter-than-air applications to oil field transport. On March 16, Berlin-based CargoLifter AG achieved a breakthrough, selling its first CL 75 AirCrane transportation balloon to Calgary’s Heavy Lift Canada (HLC), Inc. HLC will use the CL 75 to transport oilfield equipment and supplies into remote, northern Canada, as in the Mackenzie Delta.

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