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A couple of months ago, I went outside to photograph the spectacular sunset and discovered a blimp circling the area.
I've always been intrigued by these beasts of the sky and think it would be grand fun to ride in one! I've never been up close to one, though I have a memory from age 6 or 7 when I was living in San Diego,California. I recall playing alone outside and suddenly, this humongous blimp glides over our rooftop. Somehow, I already knew about the aircraft and was not frightened, but was certain it would land on the house or at least scrape the roof as it passed by. I'll never know if my perspective was accurate, for no other family member witnessed it. (Back in those days, it was safe for a child to be alone outside)
I found an interesting website that explains the differences between blimps, zeppelins and airships. http://www.airships.net/dirigible. (I love learning!)
"A dirigible is any lighter-than-air craft that is both powered and steerable (as opposed to free floating, like a balloon). Blimps like the Goodyear blimp, rigid airships like the Hindenburg, and semi-rigid airships like the Zeppelin NT are all dirigibles.
The word “dirigible” is often associated with large rigid airships, but the term does not come from the word “rigid,” but rather the French verb “diriger” (“to steer”).
A rigid airship has a framework surrounding one or more individual gas cells, and maintains its shape by virtue of its rigid framework and not the pressure of its lifting gas.
A zeppelin is a rigid airship manufactured by a particular company, the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin of Germany (the “Zeppelin Airship Construction Company”), which was founded by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin.
A blimp (technically called a “pressure airship”) is a powered, steerable, lighter-than-air vehicle whose shape is maintained by the pressure of the gases within its envelope. A blimp has no rigid internal structure; if a blimp deflates, it loses its shape."
A semi-rigid airship, like a blimp, maintains its aerodynamic shape from internal gas pressure, but it has a partial rigid frame, usually in the form of a keel, which supports and distributes loads and provides structural integrity during maneuvering.
The modern Zeppelin NT, such as the one currently carrying the Farmers Insurance logo, is a semi-rigid airship rather than a blimp."
I was curious about the name on this blimp so I Googled it and discovered that Hanger 1 is a brand name of vodka, and the company was doing a promotional blimp tour in 2011. This photo was take November 29, 2011, near San Bernardino, California.
Not sure why the blimp in the photo appears flat-perhaps my angle or depth of field. Well, at least I captured the gorgeous sunset! I still want to ride in a blimp- but not on this tour- thank you!