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2012-11-16 09:44:30 PM
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-17 12:22:41 AM
Well, I guess that business idea won't be his stairway to heaven.
 
2012-11-17 12:34:27 AM
I'm going to miss seeing it floating above my neighborhood. Seriously, I will. The zeppelin is way more awesome than our resident blimp.
 
2012-11-17 12:39:55 AM
This headline will appear on Fark at least three more times.
 
2012-11-17 12:43:20 AM

MajorGroove: I'm going to miss seeing it floating above my neighborhood. Seriously, I will. The zeppelin is way more awesome than our resident blimp.


I'm going to miss it too. I see it floating over the Bay Area all the time, and have even flown formation with it over SF a few times.

Eureka back when she was sponsored by Disney's Up:

www.clear-prop.com
 
2012-11-17 01:34:14 AM

clear_prop:

I'm going to miss it too. I see it floating over the Bay Area all the time, and have even flown formation with it over SF a few times.


That's fantastic. I can't say I've flown with, well, anything. . .but I really enjoyed seeing it. I followed it home the other day. . .it was flying over 880 on its way southeast. I had no idea that was the last time I'd see it, at least for a while. :-(
 
2012-11-17 02:26:02 AM
Am I the only one who thought the headline meant something bad had happened to Robert Plant?
 
2012-11-17 02:41:24 AM

MajorGroove: clear_prop:

I'm going to miss it too. I see it floating over the Bay Area all the time, and have even flown formation with it over SF a few times.


That's fantastic. I can't say I've flown with, well, anything. . .but I really enjoyed seeing it. I followed it home the other day. . .it was flying over 880 on its way southeast. I had no idea that was the last time I'd see it, at least for a while. :-(


They've launched a facebook/twitter campaign trying to find someone to white knight them with some funding, so hopefully someone steps up.
 
2012-11-17 02:44:05 AM

quickdraw: Am I the only one who thought the headline meant something bad had happened to Robert Plant?


No, but I bet you I was the only one hoping for it.
 
2012-11-17 02:51:16 AM
So is it a dirigible, a zeppelin, or a blimp?

As far as I can tell, dirigible and zeppelin are the same thing, a rigid-sided airship, while a blimp has soft sides.

Also, those three words are amazingly fun to say.


/Dirigible, Zeppelin, Blimp.
 
2012-11-17 02:54:27 AM
I had a chance to go up in the Goodyear blimp, but I had too much stuff to do. If I made a list of regrets, that would be on it.

And sorry I suck at posting pictures, but check out the airship on this book cover.
Link
 
2012-11-17 02:58:03 AM

PirateKing: So is it a dirigible, a zeppelin, or a blimp?

As far as I can tell, dirigible and zeppelin are the same thing, a rigid-sided airship, while a blimp has soft sides.

Also, those three words are amazingly fun to say.


/Dirigible, Zeppelin, Blimp.


This one is a Zeppelin. A Zeppelin NT to be precise, made by a company directly linked to the original Zeppelin company.

/she gets mad if you call her a blimp
//she is @AirshipEureka on twitter
 
2012-11-17 02:58:57 AM

PirateKing: So is it a dirigible, a zeppelin, or a blimp?


www.tvchannelsfree.com
"Rigid airship."

/with a surprising amount of storage space
 
2012-11-17 03:10:52 AM
Thank goodness, that's all we need are a bunch of floating bombs flying around.

/blimps are terrible
 
2012-11-17 03:12:43 AM
Oh dear :(

Poor Eureka and crew.

I'm sorry.

Rest easy, you all did good.
 
2012-11-17 03:21:10 AM
FTFA: Hall acknowledged that tickets to ride on the Eureka were out of reach for some, but they had dropped from $495 to $375 for a 45-minute day bay tour.

FTFT
 
2012-11-17 03:23:29 AM

Hand Banana: Thank goodness, that's all we need are a bunch of floating bombs flying around.


For the last time, the Excelsior Eureka is filled with non-flammable helium!
 
2012-11-17 03:28:45 AM
[growls lightly at Hand Banana]

She's not a blimp, she's a Zeppelin.
 
2012-11-17 03:31:17 AM
TFA when viewed on an iPhone: "Hi! I'm a server!"

[insert XKCD cartoon]
 
2012-11-17 03:33:07 AM
Bummer. It was always cool to see it floating around the skies while I was commuting, although once they started putting giant ads on it I thought it looked kinda tacky.
 
2012-11-17 03:34:41 AM
I was told airships were the future when I was a kid. Kids nowadays probably think helicopters are cooler since they can blow shiat up. You can't exactly put guns on an airship, right?
 
2012-11-17 03:52:18 AM
Whew. For a second there I thought John Bonham had died.
 
2012-11-17 04:11:07 AM
The headline had me scared for a minute!

I thought the surviving members of the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin started a new band.
 
2012-11-17 04:21:37 AM

duffblue: quickdraw: Am I the only one who thought the headline meant something bad had happened to Robert Plant?

No, but I bet you I was the only one hoping for it.


I was thinking JP Jones, 'cause the clean and sober rock n' roller usually dies first.

/for every Keith Moon or Jim Morrison I'll see you a Jim Croce or Harry Chapin

//Brock Sampson would've been pissed

//Now I'm done
 
2012-11-17 04:34:03 AM
I see someone has beaten me to the Archer quotes.

/"FOR THE LAST TIME... IT'S HEEEEE-LIummmmmmmmmmm"
//"And what part of that are you still not getting?"
///"The core concept, obviously"
 
2012-11-17 04:35:48 AM
www.rafhornchurch.thehumanjourney.net
 
2012-11-17 04:38:49 AM
$500 for a 45-minute flight? No wonder they aren't getting any customers. I'd love to go up in one, but there's no way in hell I'm spending almost as much as my rent for a little ride.

Sneakernets: You can't exactly put guns on an airship, right?


Why not? They can lift quite a bit of weight. Outfit that sucker with a couple of turrets above and below. Maybe some broadside gun pods. It would be a naval duel from the days of sail, but in the sky...
 
2012-11-17 04:49:49 AM
Damn, subby, don't scare me like that!
 
2012-11-17 04:50:34 AM

quickdraw: Am I the only one who thought the headline meant something bad had happened to Robert Plant?


I assumed Page.
 
2012-11-17 05:51:44 AM
userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2012-11-17 06:33:02 AM

ozarkmatt: quickdraw: Am I the only one who thought the headline meant something bad had happened to Robert Plant?

I assumed Page.


I assumed Keith Moon.
 
2012-11-17 07:09:46 AM
Well duh, with this robust economy and the fierce competition from the private Mars vacation companies, how can you survive with just nasty old zeppelins? Especially since people can now 3D print their own zeppelins in their living rooms with brand new atoms.
 
2012-11-17 07:27:45 AM
I figured it was unsuccessful because people tend to dread Zeppelins.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-17 08:13:11 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: with brand new atoms.


ok....that last part made me laugh...good job!
 
2012-11-17 08:20:23 AM

mr lawson: Quantum Apostrophe: with brand new atoms.

ok....that last part made me laugh...good job!


Finally someone who gets me! Who wants nasty old atoms in their 3D printed car anyways? Middle-aged carbon atoms with their little bellies hanging out and their bifocals. Bah!
 
2012-11-17 09:16:49 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
What Subby's Mom may look like. 

/Note the customers lingering nearby.
 
2012-11-17 10:12:59 AM
No tickets?

www.pajiba.com
 
2012-11-17 10:13:52 AM
Murder?

www.atarimania.com
 
2012-11-17 10:24:15 AM
Skytantic
 
2012-11-17 10:25:50 AM
Skytantic
media.screened.com
 
2012-11-17 10:33:45 AM
 
2012-11-17 11:40:53 AM
That's a shame, I had some important meetings down wind.
 
2012-11-17 12:11:05 PM
FTFA:

Awareness, not cost, appeared to be the real problem, Hall said. Most people who saw the airship didn't realize they could ride on it.

So, let me get this straight: you have a zeppelin that routinely flies over the city for everyone to see and you can't figure out a way to advertise for it? Not one good idea on how to make people aware that they could ride on the huge flying thing-- the size four highway billboards placed end to end, in fact-- that slowly cruises over the city on a daily basis? None?

Yeah, come to think of it, I'm stumped, too.
 
2012-11-17 12:17:44 PM

clear_prop: MajorGroove: I'm going to miss seeing it floating above my neighborhood. Seriously, I will. The zeppelin is way more awesome than our resident blimp.

I'm going to miss it too. I see it floating over the Bay Area all the time, and have even flown formation with it over SF a few times.

Eureka back when she was sponsored by Disney's Up:

[www.clear-prop.com image 800x600]


Up was a great movie. Now I want to watch it again, but most of my DVDs are still in Ohio. Guess I will just have to play WoW.

/not fat
//girl gamer? yes!
 
2012-11-17 12:32:42 PM

quickdraw: Am I the only one who thought the headline meant something bad had happened to Robert Plant?


No. Oddly, I was totally worried about Plant and not Page. I like the new bluegrassy stuff Plant is coming up with.
 
2012-11-17 01:52:29 PM
i was hoping over-rated, song-stealin Jimmie Page had croaked on his own vomit
 
2012-11-17 02:11:13 PM

Sneakernets: You can't exactly put guns on an airship, right?


The Macon, which used to prowl the same hood, carried 5 fighter planes and could launch and retrieve them while aloft. The planes were launched and retrieved using a trapeze hung below the airship. Ta-da! Link (includes cool old pic of Macon flying over Moffet Field)
 
2012-11-17 03:47:52 PM
Might as well sell it to the Air Force, then. Zepps and dirigibles are the new hotness in battlefield recon, because they can stay up forever, and stay out of range of ground rockets.
 
2012-11-17 07:40:49 PM

Anastacya: /not fat
//girl gamer? yes!


How YOU doin'?
 
2012-11-17 07:42:39 PM

drake113: FTFA:

Awareness, not cost, appeared to be the real problem, Hall said. Most people who saw the airship didn't realize they could ride on it.

So, let me get this straight: you have a zeppelin that routinely flies over the city for everyone to see and you can't figure out a way to advertise for it? Not one good idea on how to make people aware that they could ride on the huge flying thing-- the size four highway billboards placed end to end, in fact-- that slowly cruises over the city on a daily basis? None?

Yeah, come to think of it, I'm stumped, too.


They actually ran with a "Ride Me!" design with a phone number and URL. I don't think it was that people didn't realize they could ride it; it's moreso that they didn't feel like paying $500 for a 45 minute ride.
 
2012-11-17 10:09:26 PM

flaminio: drake113: FTFA:

Awareness, not cost, appeared to be the real problem, Hall said. Most people who saw the airship didn't realize they could ride on it.

So, let me get this straight: you have a zeppelin that routinely flies over the city for everyone to see and you can't figure out a way to advertise for it? Not one good idea on how to make people aware that they could ride on the huge flying thing-- the size four highway billboards placed end to end, in fact-- that slowly cruises over the city on a daily basis? None?

Yeah, come to think of it, I'm stumped, too.

They actually ran with a "Ride Me!" design with a phone number and URL. I don't think it was that people didn't realize they could ride it; it's moreso that they didn't feel like paying $500 for a 45 minute ride.


I think the price was the main problem for the ride part, but since the main funding was the advertising, that's what killed the entire venture.

I've wanted to fly on Eureka, but since I can fly me and three friends for three hours for the price of a flight just for me on Eureka, I never did.
 
2012-11-17 11:58:54 PM
farm1.static.flickr.com
 
2012-11-18 10:03:43 AM
Huh, I wonder if these people know my friend Josh, who also had a rigid airship project based out of Moffett a few years before this one sprung up. His was lenticular, required only one anchor point on the ground, and had a nifty buoyancy control system that eliminated the need to vent helium. He was pitching the idea for applications like ecotourism, freight transport to places without adequate infrastructure for planes, and taking spacecraft into the upper atmosphere for launch to save on fuel. It was pretty cool stuff.

Last I checked, though, he'd dropped the airship idea in favor of starting his own quasi-cult with its own fenced "compound" and growing a lot of weed.
 
2012-11-18 11:12:36 AM
static.flickr.com

RIP, Zeppoli.
 
2012-11-18 11:13:01 AM
Mentat: Well, I guess that business idea won't be his stairway to heaven.

Yup, looks like its gonna end up on the Gallow's pole
 
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