BLIMP. BLIIIIIIMP!

Today falls within acceptable parameters.
This is, in fact, the mid-winter I signed up for.

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19 Responses:

  1. httf says:

    Where the hell are you? Does it seriously look like that in San Francisco? God. And I'm going to the east bay.

  2. mysterc says:

    Damn, I miss California!
    Its cold and rainy up here, but on the bright side the leaves are falling of the trees making a nice mushy mess to walk through.

  3. I grew up near Lakehurst, NJ (Where the Hindenburg crashed for those who don't know). I saw blimps all of the time there. The Naval base has the prettiest zeppelin hanger on Earth AFAIK.

  4. tjcrowley says:

    It's a zeppelin. A blimp is totally different. Sweeney and the Men will back me up on this.

  5. strspn says:

    Dear jwz,

    Please mobilize your army of trust-busting flash mob zombies to march on the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors demanding that they stop paying interest on bank deposits, like the idiots they have been since the fucking credit freeze started (see graphs 2 and 3 here.)

    There are apparently no brains left at the Fed, so you better have them pack a bag lunch.

  6. g_na says:

    Well, technically it's just mid-Autumn. Winter doesn't start until December 21st.

    But still, mid-November t-shirt weather FTW.

  7. killbox says:

    Are you sure its a blimp and not a Dirigible? Hard to say in the fuzzy photo but it looks like it may be a Zeppelin NT.

    • It looks like a rigid airship to me also. There was a Zeppelin NT in the Bay area recently, maybe it's still there.

      (I always inaccurately call dirigibles zeppelins, it's nice to be able to use the word correctly for once)

      • killbox says:

        indeed i seriously thought about flying out there for the Halloween flight.

        In this case its likely to be both a Dirigable and a Zeppelin, but true enough! its like kleenex xerox and coke, they misused to describe the device.

      • kraquehaus says:

        It is permanently based out of Moffett Field* where we (us US citizens have paid for it) have a few hangars that were built specifically for rigid frame airships. Most famous is Hanger One which was built for the USS Macon.

        *With occasional trips based out of the east bay and wine country, etc.

  8. violentbloom says:

    oh yeah did I mention I know the guy that is doing the zeppelin rides?

  9. kraquehaus says:

    It's a dirigible, but not a blimp. This is a technicality that Zeppelin fans get their panties in a bunch over. In a nutshell, blimps do not have a rigid frame. You can tell because the engines are mounted on the body of the ship rather than the gondola. A blimp is basically a big bag of lighter-than-air gas with a gondola hanging from it. A Zeppelin is a rigid body airship that is much more maneuverable and has other groovie aspects to it. (e.g., Blimps can't just stand there and hover or do near vertical take offs.)

    I've been doing some work with Airship Ventures and I am nearly certain that is their Zeppelin (the only one in the US and first to fly here in ~70 years). They are currently doing fights out of Oakland over the SF and East parts of the bay this weekend (including GG Bridge fly overs).

    Here is the info from their site about the differences between dirigibles:


    What is the difference between an "airship," a "Zeppelin," and a "blimp?"

    An airship is an aircraft where most or all of the lift comes from a lighter than air gas, rather than from the movement of a wing or rotor through the air. Modern airships use the inert gas helium for lift. Airships have a fascinating history in both general aviation and military aviation, including a number of 'firsts' such as the first circumnavigation of the globe by air.

    While externally Zeppelins and blimps look quite alike, and its not uncommon to hear people talking about Zeppelins when they mean blimps - there is, however, a significant difference.

    Today's Zeppelins have a light, rigid metal and carbon fiber framework that is covered with a synthetic canvas hull, inside of which is the lifting gas. This framework allows the engines to be located where they operate most efficiently - on the sides of the hull and at the tail end of the airship, far from the gondola - providing a quiet, vibration-free ride.

    A blimp does not have an internal rigid frame. They maintain their shape due to the internal pressure of the lifting gas. Because there is no framework above the gondola, the engines have to be mounted directly to the sides of passenger cabin.

  10. poitoi says:

    I saw that over downtown oakland like a half hour ago!!!!

    I was wondering if it was the Famous zeppelin!!

    and yes. I like this mid-november!!

  11. movingfinger says:

    Nice snapshot! It looks like it just came off mooring at the Ferry Building.

  12. heh...i saw that thing yesterday wandering around alameda. it's an aerial tour of the bay area for a bargain price of $400 an hour. let me sell a kidney and then i can go!
    (:3