Hybrid Airship

Hybrid Airship

Revolutionizing Remote Transport

Hybrid Airships make it possible to affordably deliver heavy cargo and personnel to remote locations around the world. Burning less than one tenth the fuel of a helicopter per ton, the Hybrid Airship will redefine sustainability for the future.

With unlimited access to isolated locations around the globe, Hybrid Airships safely and sustainably support a wide range of activities in areas with little to no infrastructure. The airship offers the simplicity of a pickup truck by carrying cargo loads and personnel in and out of remote areas daily, not just certain seasons or only after major road, rail or airport infrastructure is developed.

Lockheed Martin has invested more than 20 years to develop the Hybrid Airship’s technology, prove its performance and ensure there are compelling economics for various markets who would benefit from using this platform.  More than 10 years ago, the team built and flew the technology demonstrator known as the P-791, which successfully demonstrated all the technologies needed to make this real.  Since then, the team has completed all required FAA certification planning steps for a new class of aircraft and they are ready to begin construction of the first commercial model and the completion of the FAA Type certification process.

Hybrid Airship Innovations


SPIDER is a one-of-a-kind robot committed to protecting the cargo-hauling ship of the skies, the Hybrid Airship. For years, teams of five to ten people have used bright lights to search airship envelopes to locate and patch tiny pinholes found during final assembly and major maintenance operations. Now there's a better way. Recently named as a Popular Science Best of What's New for 2016, SPIDER is a game changer. Read More.


From carrying heavy equipment to isolated regions, to serving as a flying clinic, there is almost no cargo mission the Hybrid Airship can’t perform. What gives this airship its uprecedented access? The air cushion landing system (ACLS). Read More.

Fly-By-Wire & Advanced Propellers

Traditional airships use a cable and pulley system for directional movement. When the Skunk Works® team began developing the Hybrid Airship nearly 20 years ago, they pulled knowledge from our Lockheed Martin fixed-wing brethren to build digital flight controls, or a fly-by-wire system, into the airship’s standard systems. Read More.

Why Hybrid Airship?

More than two-thirds of the world’s land area and more than half of the world’s population do not have direct access to paved roads or runways. This lack of infrastructure presents numerous challenges for worldwide  humanitarian relief, natural resource extraction and heavy cargo operations. In most cases, developing these areas to accommodate roads or airways is not an option, so for centuries they’ve remained isolated. To combat these challenges, the Skunk Works team developed a one-of-kind Hybrid Airship that offers large cargo capacity with significant reductions in fuel consumption compared to other air vehicles. All while remaining faster than land and sea transportation systems.

Skunk Works®

For more than 75 years, the Skunk Works® has existed to create revolutionary aircraft and technologies that push the boundaries of what is possible. Our unique culture is the key to our success – the secret ingredient that will define the solutions for the next 75 years and beyond. 

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