CNET: Photos: The zeppelin flies again
Headed for San Francisco tourist-industry duty: $500 for 1-hour flight.
San Jose Mercury News: Zeppelin on it's way to Moffett [Airfield, near NASA, Google]Way back in the 1980s, I took one of those touristy helicopter rides over the San Francisco waterfront; very cool, in its way, but also very noisy. About 8 or 9 years ago, my wife and I flew in a glider over Napa Valley; that was breathtaking, but very cramped.
The next time I'm up for that sort of aerial adventure in the Bay Area and its environs, there'll be a new option for me to consider: a zeppelin. Within days, a company called Airship Ventures will have its namesake aircraft set up at its new home at Moffett Field in Mountain View and will start running "flightseeing" excursions; by sometime in November, it also plans to get Oakland International and Sonoma County Airport involved, although just with the one zeppelin.
Los Gatos-based Airship Ventures plans to start flying passengers in its 246-foot Zeppelin based at Moffett Field, starting in late October.
The helium-filled airship, built by Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH, was transported via container ship from Hamburg, Germany, to Beaumont, Texas. The airship is flying over New Mexico and Arizona and will make its way up the California coast. It is expected to arrive Saturday, a spokesperson said today.