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Posted March 31, 2014 - 09:43 PM

On the way to work this morning I noticed up on the horizon something floating around in a weird way. When I got a mile or 2 closer, I realized it was a blimp, but he really had his hands full with a 30 to 40 MPH cross wind. I followed him for several miles as he followed I-10 back towards Houston. Here's a couple photos and videos of him.

 

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Posted March 31, 2014 - 10:10 PM

You couldn't pay me enough to be hanging from a bag of air in a windstorm.  Its bad enough being a bag of air in a windstorm. 

 

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Posted March 31, 2014 - 10:15 PM

About 20 years ago I was standing outside with some friend talking. It was really windy with some very strong gusts. We kept hearing an engine rev and chop and rev and chop. We knew it was some kind of aircraft. Finally it came over the trees - one of the Goodyear ships. He was fighting that thing like mad to try to keep it straight and airborne. I would not have wanted to be in that thing. It was bobbing around an weaving back and forth. I am sure the pilot was exhausted by the time he landed.


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 10:16 PM

I ain't to brite sumtimes, but even I know better then that.
Stuff like that, safety 1st. Its the Met Life blimp, not LifeFlite. The ding a ling that sent him up should be fired and the pilot too for not saying no.
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Posted March 31, 2014 - 10:22 PM

About 20 years ago I was standing outside with some friend talking. It was really windy with some very strong gusts. We kept hearing an engine rev and chop and rev and chop. We knew it was some kind of aircraft. Finally it came over the trees - one of the Goodyear ships. He was fighting that thing like mad to try to keep it straight and airborne. I would not have wanted to be in that thing. It was bobbing around an weaving back and forth. I am sure the pilot was exhausted by the time he landed.

 

Willie, you may not be able to tell in my videos, but that thing was bouncing all over the place.


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Posted April 01, 2014 - 05:26 AM

The fun part is trying to put it on the ground!


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Posted April 01, 2014 - 06:09 AM

I ain't to brite sumtimes, but even I know better then that.
Stuff like that, safety 1st. Its the Met Life blimp, not LifeFlite. The ding a ling that sent him up should be fired and the pilot too for not saying no.

You are so right. Unfortunately its another case of reality catching up with what somebody wanted "no matter what the cost". Good Luck, Rick



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Posted April 01, 2014 - 08:32 AM

Willie, you may not be able to tell in my videos, but that thing was bouncing all over the place.

It was hard to tell in the video, but any balloon is going to bounce on the wind.



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Posted April 01, 2014 - 11:05 AM

Since the listed top speed of the Met Life blimp is around 45 MPH, the pilot didn't have much cushion if the wind started working against him.  I'm sure it was on its way to some event, but wow, that doesn't seem safe.






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