Billionaire Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin has spent $100 million on building what will become the world’s largest aircraft.
Billionaire Brin has been busy bringing to fruition his grand plans of creating the world’s biggest aircraft. Inspired by the airships and zeppelins of yesteryear, he is spending around $100 million to bring one to life for both humanitarian purposes and personal family usage.
Social media immediately called out Brin for virtue signaling. Netizens accuse him of using the creation of his luxury blimp to give him brownie points for appearing as a charitable saint. This kind of corporate virtue signaling is allegedly rife within Silicon Valley.
Nevertheless, time will tell whether humanitarian good will come from what many have dubbed a luxury “Air Yacht”. If the airship helps the poor and desperate, then the project is a good one. Even if for most of the time Brin is simply traveling with his family in it to exotic luxury vacation destinations. After all, the funding is entirely out of his own pocket.
Reviving an aircraft from yesteryear
Brin’s fascination with dirigibles appears to have sprung from his curiosity with his Silicon Valley neighbors. Google’s umbrella company, Alphabet is situated next to NASA’s AMES Research Center. Located on their site are the gargantuan hangers that once contained giant airships of the 1930s, including the famous USS Macon.
The USS Macon was larger than Brin’s intended craft and measured at an enormous 784 feet long. According to project workers, Brin’s airship is alleged to measure at 650 feet. This will see the aircraft measure in at the largest in the world.
Many remain curious as to why Brin is creating such a notorious form of aircraft. Airships and Zeppelins lost their popularity during the 1940s after a series of tragic accidents.
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