‘Dragon Dream’ Experimental Zeppelin Takes Flight - New York News

‘Dragon Dream’ Experimental Zeppelin Takes Flight

Posted: Updated:
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!

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Girl drowns off Coney Island

    Girl drowns off Coney Island

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:07:25 GMT
    A girl from Staten Island apparently drowned off Coney Island Beach Tuesday evening, police said. Good Samaritans pulled Takara McDuffy, 10, and a 9-year-old girl from the water near Stillwell Avenue at about 7 p.m., the NYPD said. Medics took McDuffy to Coney Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.
    A girl from Staten Island apparently drowned off Coney Island Beach Tuesday evening, police said. Good Samaritans pulled Takara McDuffy, 10, and a 9-year-old girl from the water near Stillwell Avenue at about 7 p.m., the NYPD said. Medics took McDuffy to Coney Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.
  • 'Mortified': stage performers over share

    'Mortified': stage performers over share

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:56:08 GMT
    Some might call Jenn Wehrung a performance artist. Others, more simply, a masochist. This Brooklynite shares her deepest innermost thoughts from 6th grade in a show perhaps best summed up by its name: "Mortified."Wehrung is 37, single, and claims to have $37 in her bank account.Financially poor maybe, the ensemble real-life characters of "Mortified" are all filthy rich in memories.
    Some might call Jenn Wehrung a performance artist. Others, more simply, a masochist. This Brooklynite shares her deepest innermost thoughts from 6th grade in a show perhaps best summed up by its name: "Mortified."Wehrung is 37, single, and claims to have $37 in her bank account.Financially poor maybe, the ensemble real-life characters of "Mortified" are all filthy rich in memories.
  • FAA bans U.S. flights to Tel Aviv airport

    FAA bans U.S. flights to Tel Aviv airport

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:39:02 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration has banned U.S. carriers from flying to Israel's main airport for 24 hours. The FAA made the announcement at about 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday. This comes after two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice following a rocket landing near the Ben-Gurion Airport earlier in the day.
    The Federal Aviation Administration has banned U.S. carriers from flying to Israel's main airport for 24 hours. The FAA made the announcement at about 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday. This comes after two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice following a rocket landing near the Ben-Gurion Airport earlier in the day.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices