Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
One of the rather unusual items that it stocks are Zeppelins of various sizes made in Africa out of scrap metal, usually from cans. Not sure it would get through an FAA certification....but its certainly colorful!
* there is a Zeppelin simulator at the Zeppelin Museum that is run on an occasional basis when a pilot is available. Cool.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Another set of passengers had arrived and were enjoying an early morning coffee, then it was their turn for briefing and to be driven out to the field to wait the incoming ship. The changeover took 4 minutes and 12 seconds, a polished performance by a friendly ground and passenger transfer crew, and then finally the engines swiveled into the vertical position and up she went, making a turn through 200 degrees and heading off for another tour of the lake. Wow.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Here at Zeppelin they have two mast trucks and their favorite is this four-axle monster that carries the hydraulic masthead, portable generator, supplies, cables etc. My comment to Brian about the ground support equipment we need (the title of this piece) was overheard by our hosts who were seen smirking, language clearly not being a barrier to this double entendre.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Here are some pictures of the toilet in #3 and one under construction for #4. I have a great picture of the blueprint for the toilet. Perhaps it would make a fun poster..
Monday, August 20, 2007
Today Brian discovered additional Zeppelin beer in a special thirst quenching size which you can obtain at the gift store at the DZR passenger facilities in Friedrichshafen. Sadly, due to the restrictions on carrying liquids through airport security, we will not be bringing some back as carry on unless we can find 500 friends to each have a small bottle in their ziplock baggie. However our Zeppelin friends assure us that the glass is strong enough for us to ship it.
We'll look into what it would take to get some imported for our store...
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
["how do we get City Hall to build an airship landing zone into the redevelopment plan?"]
["hmm, is that C5 always there?"]
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
"I think there was once a blimp city brewery" said Scott, the Zeppelin pilot and airship operations consultant we’ve been spending time with. Suitably inspired, I went a-googlin’. Indeed, Blimp City Brewery once existed in Akron Ohio, but alas it is no more. You can find reviews on ratebeer.com and it seems to have produced some good beverages, but unless you find a supply somewhere, your chances of tasting it are somewhat slim.
Still in business however is the Tustin Brewing Company, and they make Blimp Hangar Porter.
But if beer is not your tipple, then perhaps you should explore Red Zeppelin wines. While we don't like their logo (we hope after we get flying the wine country and people see how safe our Zeppelin is that they might rethink), we do like the logo for one of their red wines and we really laughed at this cool picture of 'Bread Zeppelin'. We hope that they'll forgive us for putting it here and directing a little traffic to their site...
Friday, August 3, 2007
"The year is 1931 and the Airship "Titan" is on its 10th voyage across the Atlantic from Europe to the USA. The passenger list reads like a "Who's Who" of the rich, famous and glamorous globe trotters.
You have been invited to dine at the Captain's table tonight as the Airship glides majestically over the calm ocean below. You are dressed for dinner and arrive on time but the Captain is not there to greet his personal guests. Finally, word arrives of a disturbance in the observation room and the Captain is missing - presumed dead. But who killed the Captain and why?The Airship Ventures team are overdue for another social gathering, so we'll play it soon and let you know what we think!