Posts Tagged ‘Zeppelin’

The First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice) Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Here in San Jose, California summer means we will have nothing but bright sun shiny days.
A ride on the Farmers Airship Zeppelin would be an amazing way to enjoy our beautiful West Coast weather.

On October 28th, 2008 I was invited to go up in the Zeppelin. It was the most exciting experience!

Instrument Panel
Katharine Board – The only female Zeppelin pilot in the world.

Farmers Airship Zeppelin
Track the Ship – Current Location

Airship Ventures Gift Store

Zep Cam

Eureka the Zeppelin is Back at Moffett Field

Eureka (the Farmers Airship) has been away from the Bay Area for six months. To celebrate her return the public is invited to a free festive event.

There will be an opportunity to meet the members of the airship crew. There will be a Drawing. The prizes include souvenirs, T-shirts, and Zeppelin ground tours.

Also, one lucky winner will win a free flight for two!

Moffett Field

Thursday, Nov. 3rd

Starts at Noon – Ends at 1:30 pm

Open to the public

Take 101 – Ellis Street exit to the Ellis Street gate.

Note: Guests must show a Government issued ID at the gate.

Once in – look for building # 158 near the control tower.

See Airship Ventures site for more information.

If you plan to attend – check in on facebook.

I have been up in the Zeppelin, and it was was one terrific ride!

Airship Zeppelin an Invitation to Ride

“We’d like to invite you to personally experience a ride aboard the Zeppelin at our upcoming Media Day at Moffett Field on Oct. 27.”

Monday morning I had an invitation to ride in the Zeppelin. I had cleared my calendar, but Mother Nature had forgotten to clear her sky. I worried would the weather be a factor and delay, or worse, cancel the event? As I approached Moffett Field and saw the big 246 foot long helium gas filled airship moored out near Hangar One, I felt confident that the ride would take place.

I made my way to the NASA building and signed in. I was issued a flight ticket and told to be ready for a 9 AM take off. On the airfield I talked shop with reporters from The Mercury News, KNTV – Ch. 11, and The New York Times, etc. Twelve of us were asked to gather for a safety briefing and instruction. Boarding is done with much care. The crew takes this very seriously. Once aboard the gondola I was allowed to take any seat that I wished. As the 62,500 pound mast truck made ready, we got settled and buckled in. The good-to-know about sign on my window? Life Vest Under Your Seat.

At 9:05 AM we were up! During the smoothly quiet ride we were allowed to walk around in the cabin, to take pictures, and talk with other passengers. I had to ask the question? “If we all move to one side will the ship start to roll?” I was assured that it would stay steady.

In spite of the fog, I enjoyed the fantastic bird’s-eye view down at Moffett Field – the three hangars, the NASA Ames wind tunnels, hi tech campuses, salt ponds, and 101. The cool little bathroom even comes with a window view!

Think of floating over the South Bay, San Francisco, the East Bay, or Sonoma on a clear day… Ah!

Airship Ventures

More photos on Flickr


Zeppelin is Coming!!!

No, not one as heavy as led, but the one lighter-than-air.

Brian and Alexandra Hall of Los Gatos may be the owners of the Airship Ventures Zeppelin, but it is something that we in the South Bay can all be proud of.

Weather permitting the airship should appear in our sky on October 25th.

I’ll let you know all about it after my ride on the 27th. Look for me waving down to you sometime after 9 in the morning!

The Story

Up Ship – The blog

Track the Ship

If you see the airship let them know about it here. Grab your camera.

Reservations – Gift Cards etc.

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