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World's Largest Zeppelin

Take a flight on a personal cloud

eTN Staff Writer  Aug 21, 2009

At 246 feet in length, Airship Ventures' Eureka is the world's largest airship - 15 feet longer than a Boeing 747, and dwarfing the largest blimp by more than 50 feet. One of only three Zeppelins currently operating in the world, Eureka is North America's only passenger airship, offering guests spectacular 360-degree views of the sights on flight-seeing tours above the San Francisco Bay, Silicon Valley, Monterey, and Los Angeles.

Capturing the imagination of thousands during its recent visit to the greater Los Angeles area, Eureka will return by popular demand from September 3-8 to offer new and expanded flight-seeing tours over the Los Angeles and Orange counties area.

Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Eureka will make its third Southern California excursion of the year over the Labor Day weekend, offering a unique flight experience to anyone who has ever dreamed of flying aboard a Zeppelin. Passengers have likened the flight to being on a "personal cloud!"

Starting on September 3, one- and two-hour, flight-seeing tours and private charters will be offered during the Zeppelin's six-day stay over at Long Beach Airport. Several tour routes will be featured, taking advantage of Eureka's 360-degree panoramas to offer passengers stunning views of southern California landmarks - including the historic Queen Mary, Long Beach Harbor, and the Sunset Strip, as well as sweeping views of the Pacific coast from Huntington Beach to Santa Monica.

Special two-hour flight itineraries include an aerial Hollywood studio tour - soaring over downtown Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium, the beautiful landscapes of Beverly Hills and Bel Air, and offering a rare view of the famous back lots of all the major studios (Disney, Dreamworks, NBC, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Brothers), including a close-up fly-by of the Hollywood sign. A spectacular two-hour coastline flight follows the coastline south into Orange County, offering breathtaking vistas from Long Beach to San Clemente. Eureka will also be flying sunset tours, giving a spectacular view of the lights of the city turning on as the sun sets.

For those seeking the ultimate Zeppelin experience, guests can step aboard as exclusive passengers during the airship's transit flights between Long Beach and the San Francisco Bay Area. Soaring above the California coastline and central valley, these 8-hour cruises follow Highway 1 on September 2 (southbound), and September 9 (northbound) as Eureka travels to and from Long Beach and her home base at Moffett Field near San Francisco.

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