A somewhat off-the-wall observation re: New Orleans…
There has been much talk of trucks, boats, and helicopters, and the various difficulties of using each for the recovery efforts.
It seems to me that a sizable airship fleet would be of tremendous help right now. It’s a damn shame we’ve all but abandoned airships in the past half-century.
It’s true they are starting to make a comeback for cargo-lifting purposes. I wonder if, as fuel prices remain high and eventually go even higher, we will see a resurgence of interest in passenger-airships? Since they only need engines to provide forward propulsion, they are far more fuel-efficient than any plane.
One can hope.