Let's face it: nothing says "History" like a zeppelin ride. Am I right?
From September 3rd through the 8th, 2009, the world's largest Zeppelin will fly over Los Angeles and Orange County, giving lucky sightseers a thrill. That's it to the left; the good ship Eureka. All 246 feet of her.
Eureka usually flies in Northern California, docking at Moffett Field, but Airship Ventures is bringing the zeppelin south for a few days. One and two-hours trips, as well as private charters, will be offered.
For $495 (one hour) you can hover over the Queen Mary and see spectacular views. The two-hour flight ($990) (ouch) will take passengers over Dodger Stadium, Beverly Hills, and several studios: Disney, Dreamworks, NBC, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warners...as well as a close fly-by of the Hollywood Sign (yes, I am reading from a press release.) Sunset tours and coastline tours will be offered as well. You could even book passage back to San Francisco, one-way--that's $1500.
All flights will depart from the Long Beach Airport at Cherry & Wardlow (AirFlite Aviation Services facility). Here's the site for reservations, or call 650-969-8100, ext. 111.
And I'd be remiss if I did not mention that the big reason for this trip south is to fulfill the dream of a young man battling cancer. He and his wife & two sons will be on the first local flight, courtesy of Dream Foundation of Santa Barbara.