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Blimp in Wind
updated: Feb 10, 2014, 4:53 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Around 3:00 this afternoon I watched a Metlife blimp being pushed sideways across the Cathedral Oaks/Foothill area. It sounded as though the motor was laboring and it also seemed to be rolling quite a bit. I was getting airsick in sympathy for whomever was on board!

Was this a blimp in trouble? Is it standard to fly a blimp in very windy conditions as we had today?

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 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 05:04 PM

I saw that too thought they were going to land it in the Montecito area for a second..Don't know about thw windy conditions.

 

 COMMENT 493775 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 05:11 PM

are blimps helium filled and is helium flammable? that could cause a catastrophe...

 

 COMMENT 493777P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 05:21 PM

Saw it fly over Haley & Anacapa a few hours ago

 

 COMMENT 493778 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 05:21 PM

No, -775, helium is NOT flammable.

 

 COMMENT 493779 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 05:24 PM

Helium is not flammable, 775.

 

 COMMENT 493780P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 05:24 PM

Helium is inert. And I don't know that much about blimps, but I watched the Fuji blimp doing emergency grounding procedures at the Santa Maria airport once - it's very impressive to see something so big headed towards the ground at a 45 degree angle with the engines roaring at full throttle and a crew of 20 men on the ground grab ropes and stop it - a real show!

 

 COMMENT 493794 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 06:06 PM

We watched this as well. Did a few nose dives and seemed to float up to the mountain top and drift back down several times - didn't look good!

 

 COMMENT 493799P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 06:27 PM

You'd think the persons piloting it would check the weather report first. I got the community email alert----about blustery winds expected for today----last night.

I was surprised to see this MetroLife blimp from outside Trader Joe's, De La Vina, at approximately 3:30pm today. Didn't notice any problems with it, but it sure was getting gusty on upper De La Vina.

 

 COMMENT 493800 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 06:28 PM

coming from pebble beach pro am

 

 COMMENT 493814 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 07:36 PM

Oh, the humanity!

 

 COMMENT 493816P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 08:05 PM

...damn you @814 ! You rang in earlier than I with the clever (beggingly so) comment!

 

 COMMENT 493838 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 06:05 AM

I assume this question was posed in this forum due to the plethora of blimp pilots that subscribe to Edhat.

 

 COMMENT 493852 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 07:49 AM

I watched this play out from Toyota of Santa Barbara. I don't know anything about piloting a blimp either. But from my perspective, it certainly looked like the dirigible was having a tough time making headway.

 

 COMMENT 493854 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 07:59 AM

845- If you can ' say something nice, keep quiet.

 

 COMMENT 493857 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 08:43 AM

Does anybody know what happened to it?
It looked like it was going to crash.
I guess it would've been on the news, if they did.

 

 UPONTHEHILL agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 09:49 AM

The engine was very loud and not normal sounding. Wasn't sure what it was at first.

 

 COMMENT 493887 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 10:38 AM

I'm adding nothing with this comment.

 

 COMMENT 493901 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 11:29 AM

I thought there was a helium shortage? How many party balloons are crammed into one dirigible, anyway?

 

 COMMENT 493904 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 11:36 AM

This is the funniest thread, and postI've ever read on here. Thanks for the laughs! I am sure the blimp was fine, but wish I had seen it. Poor blimpie. And poor pilots.

 

 COMMENT 493960P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 02:09 PM

What is the point of blimps? Helium is in short supply - is it not a waste?

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 05:14 PM

Why do people feel obliged to jump all over the poster for a perfectly sensible question? Maybe need to be a bit nasty to inflate the old egos? Thanks poster, I found it fun to follow the path of the blimp through postings tracking it's course.

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 06:16 PM

Good one, 838.

 

 COMMENT 494064 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 06:25 PM

My husband was a pilot and had a friend who was a training officer for the blimps. He said they used the central coast area a lot and did wind and adverse condition landings at Santa Maria airport because the traffic was low and it had a lot of space for mistakes.

 

 COMMENT 494199 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 09:50 AM

960 - really? So the millions of balloons used for parties and released at big events each year aren't a waste? At least in a blimp it isn't just being released into the universe like when those balloons pop.

 

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