In 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spent billions of dollars to develop Blimp Tech. In fact, in 2015, a “bipartisan” group of congressmen formed the Cargo Airship Caucus. They praised Ukrainian Igor Pasternak for his ideas and innovation because after the Nazi era and the Hindenburg crash, he’s revamping blimps.
Recent advances in airship technology are exciting, and the caucus will help illustrate the breadth of benefits enabled by cargo airships’ efficient and infrastructure-independent operations.(FORMER) Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) March 5, 2015
According to many, airships (blimps) have the potential to carry enormous amounts of cargo over great distances and at a fraction of the cost. They are also able to travel to isolated regions due to their ability to access remote areas and lift off with less infrastructure on the ground.
Blimps [Air Cargo Ships] have enormous potential to enable economic development opportunities and accelerate export logistics, expand U.S. capabilities in disaster relief response, and drive greenhouse gas reductions in aviation.Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.)
In other words, blimps were the future for cargo transport and former Republican Congressman Rooney believed in that idea. The idea of blimps wasn’t alien to House members. In fact, one of Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) biggest donors in 2013 was the only U.S. based blimp maker – Igor Pasternak.
If the caucus isn’t something new then why did Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Representative Paul Mitchell (R-MI) “launch” the Air Cargo Caucus in 2019?
Rep. Cheri Bustos, chair of House Democrats’ campaign arm was recently under fire for LACK of diversity. As always, the Democrats preach and scold about diversity, but lack diversity in their organizations more than that of the Republican Party. In fact, there was a massive senior staff shakeup from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in late July that Bustos, Obama’s protege, had to deal with. This woman was also the one that SPEARHEAD the RE-CREATION of the Air Cargo Caucus.
It’s very bizarre that this Cargo Airship Caucus from 2015 isn’t even mentioned or referred to. In fact, this “revamped” caucus seems like it’s trying to obfuscate it’s existence. Here is why:
Aeros applauds the Cargo Airship Caucus’ creation, the expanding Congressional support for harnessing the benefits of a new flexible and cost-efficient transport modality, and support for our emergent sector in the global logistics industry. Aeros looks forward to collaborating with other industry partners toward the quick and safe deployment of cargo airship solutions for enhanced capability in global air mobility, military logistics, disaster relief response and environmental stewardship.Igor Pasternak, CEO at Aeros (Ukrainian)
The best way to hide this? The Ukrainian friend of the swamp has made a lot of money while the swamp made bank in Ukraine on blimps by legitimizing the idea and getting lots of non-swampers on board. Air Cargo transport is a hot topic and something of interest to all. Making the idea legitimate by establishing this caucus was step one.
If you notice the members section of this caucus you will quickly realize that unlike the FIRST caucus created in 2015, there are honest and American loving public servants that are members. So, how can something be bad if there are good people on the team?
Hiding in plain sight.
With cargo from around the country and world making stops right here in our region at the Chicago Rockford International Airport, this caucus will create a platform for our region’s leaders to share best practices and connect with folks from across America. It is my hope that the Air Cargo Caucus will foster relationships that lead to partnerships — creating more jobs and economic opportunity in our region.Rep. Cheri Bustos
Airship technology has advanced. The whole catching fire issue has been addressed. Non-flammable paint is now being used. This was one of the main problems that caused rapid flame engulfment in the Hindenburg disaster. Using the technology of the future, engineers of such ships decided to use lighter materials and to use helium instead of highly combustible hydrogen. Thing is, helium is NOT renewable so using that as “fuel” could mean no more balloons to suck on after a party and make chipmunk voices.
This newly formed caucus has been busy. Less than 3 months after their inception they held their first meeting. On June 10, 2019, the Congressional Air Cargo Caucus held a meeting with representatives from 5 major air cargo dominant consumer facing companies. A panel discussion among the nation’s leading air cargo experts helped inform congressional staff on this topic.
This panel discussion was led by:
- Jeff Carlson, Senior VP Flight Operations, Atlas Air Worldwide
- John Maxwell, Senior VP Labor Relations, FedEx Express
- Steve Alterman, President, Cargo Airline Association
- Captain Houston Mills, VP Flight Operations and Safety, UPS Airlines
- Bob Boja, VP Flight Operations, ABX Air
In attendance were various members and staffers of this newly formed caucus. Interestingly, one of Adam Schiff’s staffers is present, though he isn’t part of the caucus.
The best way to hide your tracks is to legitimize the activities you participated in, supported, and help fund in order to obfuscate the money you have made while doing so. This was the strategy that Hillary Clinton used with Uranium One. She used her dealings and activities in an official and quasi-official manner with Westinghouse to obfuscate her Uranium One sale and profit.
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