Harking back to a romanticized future of the past, the sepia-toned skies of today could be very well have been filled with massive airships transporting passengers from coast to coast and country to country. But while you shouldn’t expect to see a zeppelin mooring to the Empire State Building any time soon (yes, that’s right – the once tallest building in the world was indeed intended to be a docking station for zeppelins – see here for more information), you can find one today piloting the skies of California.
The largest of only three zeppelins operating in the world today, the Eureka was recently brought to the United States by privately owned Airship Ventures, offering customers a once-in-a-lifetime experience as they fly over California using a means of transportation that hasn’t been seen in this country in decades. In fact, Airship Ventures is the only airship company operating today that allows the public to enjoy its services.
Disney/Pixar has teamed up with cluster balloon pilot Jonathan Trappe to promote the UPcoming new film by recreating Carl Fredricksen’s helium-tastic voyage on a much smaller scale (right down to using Carl’s armchair instead of his house). Two teams will be leading a 20-city tour on either coast which already began back in late April.
Today, the west coast tour visited the Pixar Studios campus as shown in the photo on the left.
Remaining tour dates are as follows:
EAST COAST TOUR
May 11: Cleveland, OH
May 14 through May 19: New York City
May 21 or May 22: Boston, MA
May 25 through May 29: Philadelphia , PA –or- Washington , D.C.
WEST COAST TOUR
May 7 or May 8: San Francisco, CA / Press Day
May 11 or May 12: Sacramento, CA
May 14 or May 15: Dallas, TX
May 18 or May 19: Phoenix, AZ
May 21 or May 22: San Diego, CA
May 25 through May 29: Los Angeles, CA
For more information on the tour including cities that have already been visited, check out Trappe’s website.
Also trailblazing the skies (as seen in the photo above) is an Up-branded zeppelin from Airship Ventures. For a great read, check out their blog at Up Ship! which offers dozens of photos and videos of behind the scenes work at the company including work on the Up zeppelin, including this great view of the cluster balloon launching at the studios.