The U.S. Air Force may have canceled its persistent-surveillance airship, but the U.S. Army has kept the faith, and Northrop Grumman’s Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) made its delayed first flight this week. More than 300 ft. long, the hybrid airship flew manned for more than 90 min. on Aug. 7 from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. “The first-flight primary objective was to perform a safe launch and recovery with a secondary objective to verify the flight-control ...

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