August 22, 2012 |
AKRON, Ohio - I made my mother's lifelong dream come true on an overcast Tuesday morning. "Oh. My. Goodness," my mom said, her eyes shining as she peered down on the houses, roads, and farm fields below us. "This is so exciting. " Other people yearn for big things like sparkly jewelry, grand houses, massive fortunes. But my mother - Jean Metzger Graham - has always had another fascination. Blimps. Yes, blimps. Mom has lived her entire life in Northeast Philadelphia, and is the sort of person who rarely asks for anything for herself.
August 10, 2012 |
The Army has followed the Navy in testing a new generation of blimps at the New Jersey military base where the Hindenberg infamously burst into flames in 1937. The Army's $517 million spy blimp - a high-altitude observation platform, according to the manufacturer - had its maiden flight Tuesday at Ocean County's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (See video: http://ow.ly/cRi5E .) The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, a 302-foot dirigible, can be manned or remote-controlled, according to Northrop Grumman.
February 10, 1992
SECESSION Top reasons why Philadelphia should secede from the union (from JACK FALLON): 10. To run another silly contest in the Daily News for a national anthem. 9. To make the Daily News a national publication. 8. To further frustrate mapmakers. 7. To keep the Naval Base open by making it part of our own Navy. 6. To require people from New Jersey to have passports. 5. To ban the Goodyear Blimp from using our airspace. 4. To make greasy cheesesteaks the national dish.
November 28, 1986 |
"Holy Macaroli!" yelled Lindsey Finnegan, 3, from Blackwood, N.J. She was pointing at Bubbles the Hippo, one of the huge balloons in yesterday's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Her father, Bill, 34, said, "This is a yearly ritual with the children. I have two more kids up front who aren't going to budge 'til the end of the parade. " The parade route was lined with children awed by the spectacle. Bob Daley, 52, of North Philadelphia, provided a spectacular view for his grandchildren.
August 20, 2000 |
A strong gust of wind slammed into a Goodyear blimp yesterday at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, forcing it into a mooring mast and destroying the airship. The seven people aboard were unhurt. The three-year-old airship, one of seven in Goodyear's fleet, was a total loss. "It's a very rare occurrence where we deflate an airship in the course of a trip," Goodyear spokesman Jerry Jenkins said. A blimp had not deflated to this extent in at least 20 years, he added. He could not estimate the blimp's worth.
October 8, 1988
Philadelphia will light up the sky Monday night so the national TV audience watching Monday Night Football will see, to quote Chamber of Commerce President Nicholas DeBenedictis, "what an alive world-class city Philadelphia is. " It's not clear how keeping our center-city buildings illuminated during the Eagles-Giants game demonstrates that this is a world-class city, but Philadelphia probably will look better from the Goodyear blimp than if...
May 29, 2003
FLYING INTO the airport, watching the shot from the Goodyear blimp or the opening credits of "Hack," it's the Liberty Place towers and the surrounding skyline that tell you that you're in Philadelphia. Hard now to imagine that, two decades ago, their creation caused a full-blown identity crisis for the city. It was developer and civic leader Willard Rouse, who died yesterday at age 60, who pushed Philadelphia into that crisis - and the city is so much better off because of it. And because of him. For 90 years, a "gentleman's agreement" said that nothing could be built taller than Billy Penn's hat on top of City Hall - 548 feet.
April 23, 1998 |
"To make me a superstar, an international superstar, a movie star, you know. " - Dennis Rodman, on why he's taking a role on the syndicated TV series "Soldier of Fortune" Good news for Jane Fonda: One of Georgia's foremost residents has risen to her defense to confirm that the state is, indeed, filled with pregnant teen-agers and tar-paper shacks. The actress and Atlanta resident got many Georgians exercised last week when, in a speech at the United Nations, she described squalid conditions throughout the state.
September 11, 1987 |
Alright, all you Great Americans, listen up! The Great American Picnic, designated to kick off at Penn's Landing after the Constitution Day parade, will be held rain or shine. In fact, according to Great American Picnic director Karen Holt, the only thing that's gonna stop this bash is a hurricane. "September 17 is Constitution Day, and this celebration is a once in a lifetime event," said Holt. "The Great American Picnic was planned because we wanted to continue in the celebration of the day and offer an event along the river for everyone to enjoy.
February 20, 1992 |
The end to the era of the great zeppelins came in 1937 when the rigid- framed, hydrogen-inflated airship Hindenburg exploded at Lakehurst, N.J., as hundreds looked on and thousands listened on the radio. But this was not the end of the lighter-than-air airships. Currently, there are a few blimps still in service. These, such as the Goodyear blimp, are used for advertising. But now there may be a revival of airship development, which could have an economic effect on Delaware County.