People have generally become accustomed to the image of the Good Year Blimp hovering over sporting events.

Many folks also remember the terrifying images of the German airship the Hindenburg as it exploded over New Jersey.

This old news reel shows the event.

Now consider how the blimp, or Airship, technology, new and improved, is being used the U.S. Navy.

It's a government research ship currently conducting mapping work according to Navy statements.