Giant zeppelin headed for Sonoma County
Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 4:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 4:16 p.m.
A 250-foot-long zeppelin, billed as the world's largest airship, will be flying over Sonoma County beginning Thursday and continuing over the weekend.
The Eureka, at 246 feet long and 64 feet wide, stretches 15 feet longer than a standard Boeing 747 and 50 feet longer than the largest commercial blimps flying today, said Jon Stout, manager of the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport
The ship is an authentic zeppelin, built in Friedrichshafen, Germany, one of only two such aircraft flying in the world.
Airship Ventures, owner and operator of the Eureka, is selling passenger flights from the Santa Rosa airport from Thursday through Sunday and again Oct. 19-22. Three flight options -- 45 minutes, one hour and two hours -- will showcase Wine Country from 1,000 feet.
The Eureka holds 12 passengers and two crew members and is filled with nonflammable helium. Flights start at $375 per person. A one-hour, behind-the-scenes ground tour is also available for $40.
Tours are by reservation only.
For information or to book flights online, visit www.airshipventures.com or call (650) 969-8100 ext. 111.
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