This total includes an $80 million investment in the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV), an unmanned hybrid airship that will fill a critical gap in CENTCOM’s long-term airborne surveillance capacity.Basically, the Department of Defense Comptroller, Mr Robert Hale, sent the four key Congressional Committees a proposal to shift some $3.8 billion within the FY 2009 budget to meet higher priority needs. Amongst those was a proposal for the Army to set up a "rapid-acquisition" program to field a hybrid airship—a Long Endurance Multi-INT hybrid air vehicle (LEMV). One assumes "Multi-INT" means multiple types of sensors. In a place like Afghanistan this would be a big step forward in surveillance capability.
Here is one option, complete with a one minute video of the Lockheed version in flight.
Not that it would be might first choice for logging flight time, but it might be interesting for a while. Landing it seems to be a bit of a challenge.
Regards — Cliff