Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Zeppelin Branding revealed by TV Report

The British TV Station ITV Local Anglia featured a small report about the Zeppelin today. You can watch it here. Besides containing the information that the Zeppelin is delayed at least until tomorrow because of the weather and an Interview with Erwin Krijger organizer of the Flights, it was the first time the new Branding on the Zeppelin NT could be seen publicly. It's not one single Sponsor this time, but a total of 4 Sponsors.

The Nose (first third) of the Envelope is sponsored by Taigle International, they already feature the Zeppelin prominently on their Website as you see in the picture of this post, a short article is available on their website in dutch (here the auto translated English version).

The second sponsor taking the center of the envelope is Rabobank, they also have an article about their sponsoring involvement on their website.

The tail and last third of the main envelope area is home to the Aerwin Logo and the Website Address Aerwin is the organizer of the Flights over the Netherlands.

Having covered the 3 main sponsors, one can make out a small ZF Logo, which is the logo of ZF Friedrichshafen, right in front of the gondola on the underside of the envelope.

I want to thank Trevor Monk for finding this TV Report and sending the link around. We hope to get some pictures of the Zeppelin some time soon, tomorrow or by the end of the week. If you get a chance to take a picture please let us know, upload it and send us the link or send it directly to us in an email.

Update: Airshipventures has some shots of the Zeppelin with the new Branding, check them out in their latest blog post. Revealing also the opposite side of the Envelope with the Branding of the Rotterdam Port announcing their Wereldhavendagen harbour festival September 5 to 7th. According to Airshipventures the Zeppelin will be at the festival at that time, so a good time to get some nice pictures of the Zeppelin.

Zeppelin now longer in Rotterdam, later in the US

Zeppelin just issued a press release informing that the Zeppelin NT#4 will stay a bit longer in Rotterdam than originally anticipated. The Zeppelin will stay until September 21st in Rotterdam which means the date the Zeppelin leaves for the US moves back about two weeks. [Updated] We attached the English and the German Press release below. To read more about the Zeppelin in the Netherlands please check out our previous posts titled "The Zeppelin will come to the Netherlands"
Here is the press release:
Read this document on Scribd: Prolongation in Netherlands 27 08 08

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Zeppelin NT Rotterdam passenger flights extended in Friedrichshafen, August 27th 2008 – Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH today announced it will extend passenger operations in Rotterdam with the Zeppelin NT recently sold to the US firm Airship Ventures, until September 21st 2008. The shipment to the US will be postponed for approximately two weeks. Immediately thereafter, the airship will travel to its new home in the United States, where it will be operated in the San Francisco bay area by owner Airship Ventures. The operation of the new Zeppelin NT over Rotterdam will be extended an additional two weeks. Last year a Zeppelin NT from Lake Constance was part of an art project in the Netherlands and has performed passenger flights with big success. The rescheduled departure to the USA now allows for a longer tour over Rotterdam, meeting this years demand for passenger Zeppelin tours. Reflecting on the extended tour, Erwin Krijger of Aerwin Technologies commented: “Having organized the first-ever commercial passenger operations of the Zeppelin NT in the Netherlands, we encourage residents and tourists alike to take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience the sights of Rotterdam as never before – by airship!” The Zeppelin NT will be stationed at Rotterdam airport and offers 40 and 60 minute passenger sightseeing flights from September 8-21, 2008. Aerwin Technologies Ltd. will be DZR’s partner for this operation. Further information is available on the Internet at both and or by calling Aerwin at +31 70 301 2700. About Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH is based in Friedrichshafen and operates the Zeppelin NT for commercial air tours, advertising and scientific missions in Europe. Zeppelin NT airships are currently operating in Germany and Japan. Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei is a wholly owned subsidiary of ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG. ABOUT THE ZEPPELIN NT AIRSHIP The Zeppelin NT07 airship, carrying up to 12 passengers, is the largest airship flying in Europe. At 75 meters in length, it is more than 15 meters longer than the largest blimp. Using the inert gas helium for lift, and vectored thrust engines for flight, the Zeppelin NT has been flying with an unparalleled passenger safety record since 1997, in Germany and Japan. ### Press Contact Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH: Kathrin Runge Tel.: +49 7541 5900 547 Press Contact Aerwin Technologies Ltd. Erwin Krijger Tel +31 70 301 2700

Here the German PDF of the release:
Read this document on Scribd: Verlängerung in Rotterdam 27 08 08

PRESSEINFORMATION Zeppelin NT Rotterdam verlängert Passagierflüge in Friedrichshafen, 27. August 2008 – Die Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH wird ihren Passagierbetrieb in Rotterdam mit dem an die US Firma Airship Ventures verkauften Zeppelin NT bis zum 21. September 2008 verlängern. Aus heutiger Sicht verschiebt sich die Verschiffung in die USA um ca. zwei Wochen. Danach wird der Zeppelin umgehend zu seinem neuen Einsatzort an die Bay von San Francisco reisen, um in dieser Region den Passagierbetrieb aufzunehmen. Der Einsatzzeitraum des neuen Zeppelin NT über Rotterdam wird um zwei Wochen verlängert. Schon im letzten Jahr flog ein Zeppelin NT vom Bodensee im Rahmen eines Kunstprojektes in den Niederlanden und erfreute sich großer Beliebtheit bei den Fluggästen. Die aus terminlichen Gründen spätere Abreise in die USA kommt der großen Nachfrage nach Rundflügen in Rotterdam sehr entgegen. Aufgrund der verlängerten Tour kommentiert Erwin Krijger von Aerwin Technologies: „Wir haben den ersten Passagiereinsatz eines Zeppelin NT in den Niederlanden organisiert, daher ermutigen wir Einwohner und Touristen gleichermaßen, die einmalige Möglichkeit die Sehenswürdigkeiten Rotterdams von oben wahrzunehmen, wie noch nie zuvor – mit einem Luftschiff.“ Der Zeppelin NT ist am Flughafen Rotterdam stationiert und bietet 40- und 60minütige Rundflüge an. Bis zum 21. September 2008 werden Flüge mit dem Luftschiff möglich sein. Partner der DZR für die Rundflüge über Rotterdam ist Aerwin Technologies Ltd. in Den Haag. Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie unter; oder unter der Telefonnummer +31 70 301 2700. Zur sofortigen Veröffentlichung. Kontakt Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH: Kathrin Runge Tel +49 7541 5900 547 Kontakt Aerwin Technologies Ltd.: Erwin Krijger Tel +31 70 301 2700 Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GMBH Die Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH hat ihren Sitz in Friedrichshafen und betreibt den Zeppelin NT seit 2001 für kommerzielle Rundflüge, Werbung sowie wissenschaftliche und industrielle Einsätze in Europa. Zeppelin NT Luftschiffe werden derweil in Deutschland und Japan betrieben. Die Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei ist eine 100% Tochtergesellschaft der ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Zeppelin NT#4 is in Cardington

We had mentioned in one of our previous posts that the Zeppelin will be in Cardington before starting on it's cruise to the Netherlands. This is the first time since 1930 that a Zeppelin visits Cardington according to John Christopher from Zeppelintours. The Zeppelin arrived safely from London on August 21st at 17:38 according to Alexandra Hall from Airship Ventures
The Zeppelin is scheduled to leave Cardington on Wednesday. There was a press presentation scheduled on Tuesday according to Arnold Nayler,donät know if it happened.
As soon as the Zeppelin arrived in Cardington it was brought into the hangar and the Stella Artois branding was removed and replaced. Who is the new sponsor? We don't know but maybe this picture and this one allow for some speculation. The Zeppelin will fly from Cardington to the Netherlands and will then be transported with a Ship called Combi Dock 1 to North America. To read more about the Ship go to the Combi-Lift website check out the 3D presentation it's quite impressive. The ship will probably leave from Rotterdam or somewhere close to Rotterdam, since this is where the Zeppelin will be flying to in the next week. The question then remains were will the Zeppelin arrive in the US. According to Ryan Myers from "The Beaumont Enterprise", the Zeppelin will arrive at the Port of Beaumont around September 26th will then fly from the port to Southeast Texas Regional Airport, stay there for about 3 days before flying to San Francisco. This information is not confirmed by Airshipventures so pure speculation and rumor at this time. Here are the two articles that Ryan Myers wrote: Article 1 and Article 2
And last but not least Alex Hall from Airshipventures was interviewed on NHPRs Word of Mouth on August 4th. You can listen to the interview by going to the website and downloading the MP3 file of the radio show. Fast forward to Minute 25:30 where the whole 10 Minute interview starts.
Jump over to the Airshipventures Blog to get lots and lots of pictures of the Zeppelin in Cardington.
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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Historic Airship Pictures (the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, the Akron and the Macon as well as the Zeppelins and many more

The web is a big place and there are many hidden gems, websites that have been put together that contain a wealth of information but see only a few visitors. This post today was inspired by two pictures that I found online. Jim Ford had linked to them on his Delicious account One of the pictures was the homepage of George Starcher called Georges World he has a small section on Airships and some really nice pictures of the USS Los Angeles.
The second picture that Jim had linked to brought me through the Wikipedia to the Naval Historical Center I had bookmarked the website before but got lost in it's vastness. The best thing to navigate that website is the Search function. With this and a bit of knowledge about the Navy Airships you can get to the pages of the:
But you can also find pictures of the mast ship USS Patoka even with airships nearby or moored to the mast the resolution of all those pictures is not huge but good enough it makes a very interesting browse.

If the big Navy rigids aren't you favorites, how about some German Zeppelins? While continuing my search for great historic airship sites I stumbled accross this page called "Luftschiff Zeppelin" I had never seen this page before but was so much more surprised what a wealth of information and content the site had to offer. It contains information about all historic Zeppelins from LZ1 all the way to LZ131 either by serial number or name. So have a look at the Luftschiff Database you have to select either serial number (Baunummer) or name (Bezeichnung). But the page does not stop at the information it contains lot of pictures of airships (Luftschiffe) hangars and people from the industry (Luftschiffer). It contains a database of people and hangars with additional information. Eventhough the page is in german it's a real hidden gem. And if your German is rusty the auto-translated English page is also available here

But those aren't the only good historic resources with pictures. The Homepage of Ford U.Ross featuring pictures of Navy Blimps is a great page. Also a wealth of information can be found at Pilot und Luftschiff unfortunately also a German page but you can find information about Airships check out a lot of galleries find out about different airship types and much more. For the English translation follow this link. There are many more interesting historical websites for example DJ's Zeppelin Page or the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society that contain more historical images and information.

We have shown you only a few of those great websites that you should bookmark because they are gems and not easy to be found. We save everything we find and write about in our delicious account currently 520 bookmarks to pages, pictures, videos and other airship related resources on the web. You can take a look at all our bookmarks by going to delicious. Do you know some hidden gems? A site that you think is a fantastic airship related website that we should mention but maybe haven't yet? Is there a link that we have not in our bookmarks? Let us and everyone else know by posting your favorite airship website in the comments section.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Documentary "The Best Shot in Golf" featuring the Metlife Blimp re-airing this weekend

A special TV feature about the Metlife Blimp and it's mission to provide aerial coverage of the PGA Golf Tour is re-aired this weekend on Saturday, August 16, 2008, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET on the US TV Station CBS. Unfortunately the Europeans and many others around the world will not get to see it but hopefully some day. The documentary is called "The Best shot in Golf" featuring a behind the scenes look at the operations of the Snoopy One Blimp.
Here is the latest media alert by Metlife with all the details:
Read this document on Scribd: The Best Shot in Golf presented by MetLife

Public Relations MetLife, Inc. MEDIA ALERT MEDIA ALERT MEDIA ALERT GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE METLIFE BLIMP PROGRAM CBS SPORTS SPECIAL PROVIDES INSIDE LOOK AT HOW METLIFE DELIVERS THE BEST SHOT IN GOLF Aerial shots of sporting events taken from the MetLife blimps have helped to provide a unique vantage point and experience for viewers from high above. And to bring fans closer to the thrill of how the blimps operate and capture aerial shots for the PGA TOUR, viewers can tune into The Best Shot in Golf presented by MetLife. WHO: • The MetLife blimp, Snoopy One, stars in the hour-long documentary, The Best Shot in Golf presented by MetLife. WHAT: • The Best Shot in Golf presented by MetLife provides a behind the scenes look at the spectacular coverage MetLife brings to the PGA TOUR – from the cliffs at Torrey Pines to the island green at the TPC Sawgrass. • The documentary goes inside the operations of the MetLife blimp, giving viewers the opportunity to soar 1,500 feet in the air with camera man Bob Mikkelson as he crafts amazing shots of the picturesque course below, watch pilot Charlie Smith battle time and Mother Nature on his first solo transcontinental flight, and follow the 14 team members of the MetLife Snoopy One blimp crew as they choreograph each take-off and landing. WHEN: • Produced by PGA TOUR Productions, the documentary will air on Saturday, August 16, 2008, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET on CBS, preceding coverage of the third round of the Wyndham Championship. ABOUT THE METLIFE BLIMP PROGRAM: Since conception in 1987, the MetLife blimps have become a vital part of sports television coverage as well as an invaluable icon of MetLife. The MetLife blimps cover approximately 70 high-profile televised events a year as well as support MetLife activities with special flyovers of employee, client, and consumer events. From August to October of 2007, an additional blimp, Snoopy Three, was added to the blimp program in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the MetLife blimp program. This year, from June to November, Snoopy Three rejoined Snoopy One and Snoopy Two to celebrate MetLife’s 140th Anniversary. For additional information about the MetLife blimp program and “The Best Shot in Golf,” visit, click on “About Us” and then “MetLife Blimp.” ###

To give you a sneak peak of what to expect I dug out two videos from YouTube that are scenes of the documentary. Enjoy!

Best Shot in Golf

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Airship Videos of the Day

Since I have quite a few Videos of airships that I want to present I decided I am going to start a regular feature were I publish between 5 and 10 videos related to airships. I don't know if it will be a daily thing or probably every second day or weekly we will see. Or better you tell me, how often you would like such a feature. So here are todays videos:

Airshipworld Video of the Day 080812

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Zeppelin will come to the Netherlands

Slowly the time for the Star Over London comes to an end. The Zeppelin NT that is flying for Stella Artois over London will end it's flights by the 21st August 2008. And since ultimately the Zeppelin needs to get to the US the question is when is that going to happen and what is going to happen in between. Today we have the answer and it is an exciting one. Aerwin Technologies (English translation of the original dutch site here) in cooperation with Zeppelin Europe Tours have organized the the first multi day airship cruise of the new age. The Zeppelin NT will take 10 exclusive passengers on a trip starting from the British cradle of Airships in Cardington on August 26th traveling via London, Dover, Calais, Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam arriving in Valkenburg near The Hague on August 29th. The tour is almost completely booked. Just yesterday another 2 seats were made available so in case you want to catch a ride check one of these websites:
Also check out this flyer of the Cruise which is available in the original here a German version is also available here:
Read this document on Scribd: Zeppelin Europe Tours Aerwin Tour 2008

If you can't quite afford the 6500€(incl tax, hotels, meals, transfers) for the cruise the Cruise the next stop of the Zeppelin might be more for you. The Zeppelin will fly from Rotterdam until September 8th 2008 and offer round trips similar to those offered in London. Similar to London there is a number of different options available to fit every pocket. Starting with flight of 35 minutes for € 270,- going to 60 minutes flights for € 450,- and topping of with a 90 minutes flight for € 675,-. To find out more about the flights check Aerwins Homepage(in dutch) or have a look at the Zeppelintours Website for contact information and some pictures of last years flights. The flights over Rotterdam are a continuation of flights that were done last year in the Netherlands, some might remember our post and the unique branding of the Zeppelin with the highway number "N470" all this is of course the lead up to the great day when the Zeppelin NT is finally shipped to the US we reported earlier this year about this. I personally believe that the Zeppelin will be shipped from Rotterdam but this is just speculation on my side. It's good to see the Zeppelin NT #4 continuing the success story of it's older brothers and we wish Airship Ventures only the best for their operation in the US starting this fall.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Turtle Airships the brainchild of Darrell Campbell

While it is easy to write about the Zeppelin, the Goodyear Blimps or the Metlife Blimps. There are other posts that are a bit more challenging because they touch a controversial announcement or project. Today we want to take a look at Turtle Airships the company of Darrell Campbell. His concept and design was first made prominent as the Millenium Airship SkyFreighter which used Campbells deisgns as inspiration. He continued to develop his concept and now promotes his own airship called the Turtle Airship described as a
Rigid SHELLED Lighter-than-Air, >200mph, AMPHIBIOUS, all weather passenger airships. SOLAR POWERED with Bio-fuel backup power
Unfortunately there is today no airship that can even tick one of those boxes there is no rigid shelled airship, none that flies faster than 200mph, non that is amphibious or can fly in all weather. No human carrying airship that is solar powered or uses bio-fuel. Tree Hugger has written about Turtle Airships in 2007 but published a quite critical article just recently which you can read here. This article came in response to a press release that Turtle Airships issued. Read on for the full text:
Giant Flying Turtles to Revolutionize Global Aviation with Solar Power

A new way to fly! Turtle Airships company announces the beginning of construction iof a demonstration model of a new form for lighter-than-air airships. The airships are not blimps. They are solar powered and will reach speeds of 200 mph.

Valencia, Spain (PRWEB) July 2, 2008 -- Turtle Airships company will change the world aviation industry with 200 mph solar powered airships. Constructed with rigid shelled hulls of aluminum and carbon fiber, the airships look like giant turtles. These "turtle" airships are not blimps or zeppelins. The airships are being designed in Spain and the U.S.

Construction has started on a first prototype and the first flight and testing is scheduled to be done in Singapore this year. Turtle Airships will make a demonstration around-the-world flight of the new solar powered airship in 2009.

The airships' hulls are covered with solar cells which power the airships during daylight hours. For flying at night or cloudy weather, the airships use bio-diesel fueled jet engines as a back-up system. The airships cruise at speeds which are comparable to some airplanes.

The airships take off and land straight up and down like a helicopter and are amphibious. They land directly onto the water and take on water ballast for stability like a boat. The airships can land in harbors, rivers, mountain lakes, or the middle of the ocean.

The airships will also land on any empty field or at airports, and use built in systems to anchor to the surface without ground crew assistance. Turtle airships do not need huge hangers and can fly in any weather.

"Almost everyone immediately thinks of blimps or the Hindenburg," says company president, Darrell Campbell. "The Turtle airship is far more advanced in technology and capabilities."

Although there are less than fifty blimps or zeppelins in the world now, Turtle Airships expects to field hundreds of its' solar powered airships. Turtle Airships plans to invest over $200 million in airship manufacturing plants and airship operations by 2012; with an expected (IPO) public offering to raise over $3 billion scheduled for 2015. To reach these goals the company will work with local and national Economic Development agencies throughout the world to train workers and develop solar powered airship programs. Turtle Airships will also enter into joint ventures and is seeking venture capital and private investments which are directed toward alternative fuels and solar energy.

The company will concentrate on building airships meant for the travel market, with secondary emphasis given to military applications. The company had been originally considered for a U.S. Department of Defense airship program called "WALRUS", which was to create giant airships for military transport. Turtle Airships is designing airships for security surveillance and interdiction of pirates in the waters off of Somalia, Indonesia, and Nigeria.

Turtle Airships will also use "flying hospitals" to deliver worldwide humanitarian aid. Carrying doctors, foods, emergency equipment and other supplies, airships can avoid delays and complex delivery systems by flying to disaster areas and landing directly where help is needed. The airships will be made available to the United Nations, International Red Cross, Red Crescent, and other aid organizations.

"Turtle Airships is the only company in the world that is focused on creating a new aviation industry based on solar powered flight," says Campbell. "We can save over $100 billion each year on fuel costs alone, another several hundred billion dollars in airport construction, and eliminate a major source of carbon emissions. Airships are a trillion dollar industry, still in its' infancy, that will grow for decades."

Darrell Campbell is the designer of the "turtle" airship, and president of the twenty-seven year old company.

For additional information, and direct email address, visit the company Web page at or visit a company Web blog at
The claims that can be read in this press release are very bold, especially since an airship of that size will have to be certified by numerous aviation authorities and that it took Zeppelin almost 8 years to get the Zeppelin NT certified. So a round the world flight in 2009 seems very unlikely to me. We wish Darrell and his Company all the luck in the world and we hope to see pictures and videos of the prototype soon, because 2009 is approaching fast. if you want to read more about Turtle Airships it's best to take a look at the Turtle Airships Blog were Darrell actively promotes his designs and outline why traditional blimps are not the best solution. He also writes two other blogs MILITARY- AIRSHIPS (no blimps) and solar flight! which are also promoting his ideas.

So what do you think. Does it sound like a hoax or a scam to you or do you think the idea is brilliant? Do you maybe even know more, have additional pictures or inside information? Please share them with us in the comments, by sending us an email or by talking to other fellow readers in the Forum

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Goodyear Blimp in pictures, stories, videos and more

© Michael Harley / Weblogs Inc.
Following our last non Zeppelin we continue to resist the urge of writing yet another Zeppelin post. But we won't be able to hold off for to much longer. Great news about the Zeppelin NT simply have to be reported so stay tuned.
Today after looking at the Metlife Blimps last we look at the good old Goodyear Blimps and see what they have been up to. Back in April we last looked at them. Starting of today's post is a great article on Autoblog called "Above the Autoblog Garage: The Goodyear Blimp". The article is well written and talks about the Blimp how it is controlled and the overall ride experience. But this is not everything that the article has to offer. Along with the article Autoblog posted a picture gallery of 53 high resolution photos from outside and inside the blimp. Some really nice shots in that gallery. Also hot of the press and a big thanks to Ken DeLacy for finding this bit. At the 2:00 minutes mark of the Aero-TV's Daily Update from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for Friday August 1st the Goodyear Blimp is featured as it made it's appearance to this years AirVenture Oshkosh.

Aero-TV:OSHCast 2008 Aero-TV Daily Update: Day Five!
But this is of course not the only video that we were able to find, check out all these great videos of the Goodyear Blimp that we found on YouTube

But not only videos were made of the Goodyear blimp the Goodyear Blimp Blog is also always a great place to read more about the ongoing missions of the Blimp. Here are the latest articles:
Goodyear also updated their website adding a couple videos from the Archives to it. Unfortunately the Videos are encoded with a Codec called Indeo Video 3.2 which is not distributed with newer versions of Microsoft Windows (eg. Vista). To be able to watch the Videos if you don't have the codec on your system. You will notice by having sound but no picture when playing the Video you can download the free VLC Media Player which still supports Indeo Video 3.2. So nothing that can keep you from diving into histroy and seeing the christening of the Akron and many other gems from Goodyears archives.
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