Thursday, June 30, 2011

Motorola Mobility HQ

Waved to some of our friends at Motorola in Libertyville.

They dared us to land in the parking lot.

We're not taking that dare!

We need about 1000x1000 feet - well over 20 acres!

Land Fall

Across the lake and headed towards Libertyville.

Whole Lotta Lake

Crossing Lake Michigan at 2200 feet.

Ground Team Crosses the Line

The ground team are behind us a bit -- we cheated and went straight across the lake.

Benton Harbor Airport

Malibu or Michigan?

Power Plant and Lakeside Homes

Beach on Lake Michigan

Chicago Bound

Off mast 12:52 in Muskegon, headed for Chicago!

We'll be based at Chicago DuPage for the whole July 4 holiday weekend.

Call our reservations team 650-969-8100 to book. We will have multiple options in length and route to pick from, or for a group charter can create a custom tour to fly over your home or business.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Where is Eureka Today?

Kristopher at HQ sent us this picture of the "High Tech White Board Tracker" in the call center, as it appeared today.

(Not as artful, but folks at home can track the ship live at the tracking page.)

Name That Part

Been a while since we have done this.

Be the first to correctly identify this part via blog post comment and receive a Farmers Airship souveneir (if you post with your id or leave a way for us to contact you).

On Approach, Willow Run

Akron - Farmers Airship and Goodyear Blimp

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Parked for the Night

Next stop Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Willow Run

Just Fits

Aft landing gear with about 1 foot to go on the swing circle.

Wingfoot Lake

Wingfoot Lake

Mooring Circle Akron Fulton

Welcome Aboard

Akron Landing

Akron Landing

Advance Party at Akron Airdock

Deicing Trucks

We were based this past week on the deicing ramp at KPIT - here are a few of the trucks.

Prep for Akron

Pittsburgh has been a great host this week and we hope we have the opportunity to return in the future.

We have a weather window today to make way for Akron and plan to take it.

See you in Ohio!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Air Force One

Breaking news from Pittsburgh -- "Zeppelin acts as giant wind sock for Air Force One"

(thanks from Matthew with Eureka out at KPIT)

Friday, June 10, 2011

The "UP" Ship

Josef at Airborne Grafix has added a new model to his collection, for the "UP" branding we flew in 2008.

(Hey Josef, you are only 2 years behind!)

City Hall and Billy Penn Statue

Rocky Museum

The art museum that featured 'Rocky Balboa' running up the grand stairs.

Cedar Hill Cemetery

Goes back to the 1800s!

Tour Shirt

The new "Covering Communities" 2011 tour shirts are in!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Morning News FOX 29

Visit to ILC Dover

Yesterday we took a field trip to ILC Dover in Frederica Deleware. ILC makes envelopes for a number of airships including the Zeppelin NT.

ILC was founded in 1937 and has a rich history. During WW2 they provided river rafts and flexible canteen liners among other things. But a project they are particularly proud of was their participation in the Apollo project. ILC bid and won the contract to provide the space suits used by our astronauts on that program and continues in that role today.

Of particular interest to us, ILC makes envelopes for Airships and aerostats both military and commercial.

We had a great tour and discussed our goals and opprtunities for the future.

Special thanks go out to Tim and Gil, our hosts for the day.