BLUE SKIES AGAIN
As a long-time aviation geek, I've been fascinated by Airships for decades.
Airship Ventures is a new company in the San Francisco/Bay area that is offering Airship rides to mainstream passengers for the first time in decades. And it's in a whole new Zeppelin no less, the name that's been associated with Airships for most of the 20th century.
More from this CNET story last month:
"For residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, that's about to change. A
company called Airship Ventures is bringing just such an aircraft to
its new home at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., sometime in the
Sightseeing flights (the company calls it "flightseeing") will start later this month from Mountain View and in early November from several other locations, with ticket prices starting at $495 per person...
This photo shows the Airship Ventures Zeppelin on its maiden flight in May over Friedrichshafen, Germany.
(Zeppelins, also sometimes known as dirigibles, have a rigid frame that provide the distinctive, cucumberlike shape, and a soft material such as canvas is wrapped around the frame. Blimps and balloons, by contrast, have no framework and get their shape directly from the internal pressure of the gas providing the lift.)"
This 2 minute video review of the ride gives a better sense of what it feels like in a Zeppelin 2.0:
The story of how the company got founded is also a good one, involving the passions and hard work of a husband and wife team, Brian and Alexandra Hall.
I for one am looking forward to a Zeppelin ride on a future trip to the Bay area.