November 5, 1991 |
Airship Shamu, Sea World's seven-story killer whale blimp came to town yesterday to give a VIP tour to a Philadelphia Variety Club child, Stephen Cope, 8, from Reading, before proceeding to the skies over Veterans Stadium where the Philadelphia Eagles would take on the New York Giants. Here airship pilot Allan Judd chats with young Stephen before giving him a tour of the blimp's gondola.
May 22, 2016
A blimp made an unscheduled landing on a construction site Friday evening in the city's Fishtown section. No injuries were reported after the two-passenger blimp went down along the 1900 block of Richmond Street just after 6:45 p.m., police said. The Police Aviation Unit posted photos of the downed blimp on Twitter. People could be seen inspecting the blimp, which appeared to wrapped around a utility police. The blimp was displaying advertising for Bostik, an adhesive company.
October 30, 2015 |
At first, Jason Jarinko and the others didn't believe what a student at Central Columbia High School in Bloomsburg, Pa., told them. "We just kind of scoffed that he had seen a bird or something," the teacher said. Then they all saw the big white blimp, gliding about 300 feet above the school. The unmanned Army surveillance blimp broke free from its tether in Maryland about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday. It floated about 150 miles over Pennsylvania in about 31/2 hours, finally grounding itself in a clump of trees about 80 miles north of Harrisburg.
November 13, 1990 |
All lit up and no place to go. Not that Philadelphia would go any place. But usually, when "Monday Night Football" comes to town, Center City likes to turn on the juice to show the blimp-bound football cameras there really is a Philadelphia beyond the Vet Stadium stands. Last night, with several newly topped skyscrapers making the city's skyline bigger and brighter than ever for the Eagles-Redskins clash, the lights were on. But the blimp was down. Blustery winds grounded the fickle craft, robbing TV viewers of the usual mood-of-the-city pictures that "Monday Night Football" likes to show between football plays.
October 30, 2015 |
THE U.S. government found out that blimpin' ain't easy yesterday, when a pimped-out blimp funded by taxpayer cheese broke loose and, like an airborne Moby Dick, wrecked stuff over parts of Pennsylvania you've never heard of. Fitted with sensitive defense technology, the bulbous, unmanned airship floated over the state for hours with two fighter jets on its tail, triggering blackouts as it dragged its tether across power lines. The blimp is part of JLENS, short for Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, and if reading that puts you to sleep, keep in mind that the program cost $2.7 billion.
August 30, 1986 |
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. yesterday reversed its decision to let the government use one of the company's blimps to spy on drug smugglers along the Texas Gulf Coast, saying publicity had ruined chances for an effective test. The U.S. Customs Service had intended to borrow the Houston-based blimp for one week to determine whether the lighter-than-air ships could be used to detect drug runners. "With the widespread publicity about the project over the last two days, it would be difficult to get any meaningful reading on the ability of airships to contribute to the detection of drug smuggling operations," Thomas B. Riley, Goodyear's manager of airship operations, said in a statement.
February 20, 2000 |
One the best shows in Las Vegas takes place each night when the gambling resorts' neon signs light up the night sky along the famous Strip. Now there's a new vantage point for getting a bird's-eye view of that nightly spectacle. Since last fall, a 165-foot blimp known as the Vegas.com airship has been carrying passengers, up to nine at a time, in the enclosed gondola that hangs beneath its helium-filled "envelope. " The blimp departs from North Las Vegas Airport and travels at about 20 m.p.h.
October 12, 1995 |
It seems some folks just have to have a target they can't miss. For the second time in two weeks, the red, white and blue blimp floating 30 feet above the new branch of the Keystone Savings & Loan Association in the Shoppes at Great Valley has had the air - or, rather, the helium - shot out of it. Two hundred cubic feet of helium, to be exact. "It shows no respect," said Barry DiLibero, owner of Aapex Sunrides, the hot-air balloon company in Chester Springs that owns the blimp, valued at $700.
October 5, 2006 |
When David Betzner wanted to diversify his mapmaking business, he decided to shoot for the sky. The result is Vertical View L.L.C., which takes aerial photographs from a small, unmanned blimp. The photos can be taken from as low as 12 feet, and offer high-resolution detail. Betzner said using an unmanned blimp was less expensive than using a helicopter. Yesterday, Vertical View sent its blimp aloft to take about 280 pictures of a planned condominium site at 1706 S. Rittenhouse Square St. Construction has not started, but the assignment was to take photographs at 29 elevations ranging from 56 to 360 feet to show prospective buyers of the condos views from each floor.
October 20, 2012 |
LAKEHURST -- At 178 feet long and 56 feet high, the massive airship dwarfed members of the ground crew Thursday as they strained to hold on to tethering lines like so many Lilliputians trying to control Gulliver. Inside the gondola of the Navy's MZ-3A, pilots Mark Kynett and Larry Chambers made the final checks, and then - with two powerful engines roaring at their back - aimed the blimp at a sharp angle into the sky and took off from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The ship's flight near historic Hangar 1 at the Naval Air Engineering Station conjured up images of Germany's ill-fated Hindenburg and its fiery destruction there 75 years earlier.