We Fly Circles Around the Blimp
The Goodyear Blimp at Its West Coast Base in Los Angeles
The Goodyear Blimp is synonymous with modern dirigibles (blimps) and lighter-than-air airship activities. No one watches a major sporting event without expecting to see the beautiful “slow motion” aerial images provided by these slow moving aircraft. Here our guests aboard our very modern and fast Agusta luxury helicopter look down on the Spirit of America based in Carson, CA, just south of Los Angeles. The nearly 200′ foot long, twin-engine, blue and gold helium-filled balloon is as easy to spot on the ground as it is floating above Los Angeles and Hollywood. The Los Angeles River and the San Diego Freeway (the 405 to us) are just beyond the blimp. The Spirit of America seats 7 passengers and with a full payload (passengers, camera equipment and fuel) weighs only 100-200 pounds. Thus we have lighter-than-air transportation. After enjoying our view of this large transportation vessel we head off to see another big ship. A really big ship…the Queen Mary. More on that tomorrow.