Posts Tagged ‘balloon’

Here’s What Happens to Your Mylar Helium Balloons: They Fly to Middle Farallon Island and Mess with the Sea Lions

Monday, December 30th, 2013

See?

Perhaps from a Raider’s game, or a black celebration:

Steller sea lion with Mylar balloons near Middle Farallon (photo by CS) – click to expand

Get all the deets on westernmost San Francisco from Notes from Smellephant IslandThe adventures of a wayward biologist living with seals on the Farallon Islands”

 

OMG, It’s “Zeppelin Flight Timelapse: San Francisco, California!” – Video of Cruising Low and Slow Over the 415

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s what the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin looks like from San Francisco…

…and here’s what San Francisco looks like from the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin:

Ah, mem’ries:

Passing by Coit Tower:

A close up view, click to enlarge. Can you see pilot Fritz Guenther and his Peltor brand headphones? Sure you can.

And an adorable piggly tail in the back:

There we go, back to normal:

Liftoff: Zwei Luftballons über Corona Heights

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Hurray!

As seen near the Randall Museum:*

Via Josh Nece – click to expand

Use balloons to brush up on your German** or French

*Ask about or volunteer for their Family Halloween Day 2011.

**Gunter glieben glauchen globen: “Nena ist ein milf.”

Despite Mishaps, BoingBoing Picnic a Huge Success in Foggy Golden Gate Park

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Today was the day for the big Boing Boing picnic in Golden Gate Park.

See?

The mise-en-scene:

BoingBoingers Lisa Katayama and David Pescovitz posing with volunteer Helen. (And Xeni Jardin was on the scene as well.)

The theme for the day was Things That Fly, for the most part. This boingboing air rocket was poised for launch, after lunch:

David Pescovitz et filius waiting for lift-off:

A large tree was “killed,” sort of. This analog Twitter feed has the deets:

The “Balloon Eating Tree” in the process of earning its sobriquet:

The branch that the balloon felled:

The Gopher Watch…

proved frutiful, with a little help from a non-frosted animal cracker:

And croquet, of course:

And here’s the collector T-shirt, up close:

Come back soon, bb!

Slowly But Surely, San Francisco Loses Its Only Zeppelin to Los Angeles

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Remember back in the day when San Francisco had it’s very own “world-class” airship, the largest in the world? Well, it looks like we’re losing her to Los Angeles and Fun Diego, slowly but surely.

One of our dirigibles/ is missing/ tonight/ from the skies of the bay area.

First the Redwoods, now this. Who lost the Eureka?*

I’ll miss your piggy tail most of all, Eureka. Sure you’ll come back and visit from time to time, but we want you all to ourselves.

Tell us Airship Ventures, tell us what we did wrong! How can we change?

*Feel free to add this to your list of Pointless Inter-City Rivalries. It’s #87 on mine.

“Our New-Look Airship Returns to the Los Angeles Skies

“It’s been a while since Eureka sailed the skies, spending the past four weeks under wraps in Hangar Two for her annual maintenance. During her month-long tune-up, the airship not only got some new parts, she also got a new look. For the second time this year, we are partnering with Farmers Insurance to fly their brand above communities they serve in California– first stop, Los Angeles!

 Join us aboard Eureka March 26 – April 4 for flightseeing SoCal style. Choose to fly along the coast, above L.A. landmarks and Tinseltown icons, or perhaps celebrate spring with an Easter egg hunt from 1000-feet!”

Bye bye Empire, bye bye – after the jump.

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How Could Balloon Boy’s Dad Not Know His UFO Was Empty?

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

How could Balloon Dad Richard Heene not have known that Balloon Boy Falcon Heene wasn’t  in/on/around the UFO balloon if this is the video that shows the launch, where everyone present could see right through the thing?

Thusly:

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Also, this craft is barely capable of lifting itself at the 5000 or so foot elevation in this part of Colorado. Wouldn’t the father know that?

You could build a helium balloon to lift a child, but you’d have to put in a lot of internal structure to get it to maintain such an alien shape. So, it would have to be bigger than this thing.

Oh well.

NASA uses the Airship Ventures Zeppelin to Study the Bay Area

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

NASA is now using the largest Zeppelin in the world to conduct scientific journeys – read all ab0ut it.

Get up to speed about this monstrous thing here and see where it’s been lately by clicking here.

And this is what it’s like UP there.

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As seen over the Golden Gate Bridge last week, on a nice, sunny day. Click to expand.

Disney Pixar Advertises New “Up” Movie on World’s Largest Zeppelin

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

This is what the the Bay Area’s Eureka Zeppelin looks like above San Francisco’s Ferry Building these days. Read all about the new colorful ad for the straight-out-of-Emeryville film Up, after the jump. 

And if you live in Los Angeles, like Frank Black, then you’ll see this very same airship above your skies over the weekend. Look for it under the pouring sun.

Click to expand.

Read all about it, after the jump:

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Hey Pilots! Now You Can Spend a Day Flying a Zeppelin Over San Francisco

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Do you have a pilot’s license, a current FAA medical certificate, and little extra pocket change? If so, you can sign up to spend a morning learning about the largest zeppelin that exists in the world and then spend an afternoon flying this low, slow and comfortable aircraft with other pilots over the Bay Area.

AOPA thinks it a good idea, anyway.

As seen from Golden Gate Park: Fly With Me (650) 969-8100. Click to expand:

Read all about it:

A Day To Remember

It’s finally here; your chance to fly a Zeppelin! Led by our experienced pilot and engineer team, this day-long adventure will allow you to see behind the scenes at Airship Ventures and learn the basics of airship flight before trying it for yourself.

Each session is limited to six pilots, giving each pilot at least 30 minutes in the cockpit as well as nearly four hours of total flight time in the Zeppelin. This gives you plenty of time to ask questions and to see the sights of the Bay Area while talking with fellow pilots and our Zeppelin crew.

If you’d like more time in the cockpit, just add additional slots or ask about a custom package.

Or, to gift this experience to someone, talk to us about a special gift package.

Flight Day Itinerary

9:00 AM

Welcome & Continental Breakfast

9:30 – Noon—Ground School

Covering history and terminology; operations and flight manual review; systems, limitations and performance, and flight safety

Noon – 1:00 PM

Lunch and pre-flight checks at Hangar 2

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM—Airship Flights

  • Observe de-masting and take off.
  • Each student gets at least 30 minutes at the controls, including straight and level flight, turns, climbing and descending, landing.
  • Observe landing and masting.

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Closing Reception / log book sign off

Numerous Zeppelin Sightings Above San Francisco This Month

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Read all about itZeppelin service has been firmly established in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As seen over the weekend:

Passing by Coit Tower:

A close up view, click to enlarge. Can you see pilot Fritz Guenther and his Peltor brand headphones? Sure you can.

And an adorable piggly tail in the back:

There we go, back to normal: