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Monday
Aug092010

CoolPix - Misc: The Majestic Goodyear Blimp at OSH10 

(click pic for hi-res)

 The over 150 pix I've recently posted as part of AirPigz Oshkosh 2010 coverage has brought a lot of new people into the 'pig pen' - welcome aboard! If you're new here, you don't know about an ongoing feature I do called 'CoolPix'. With CoolPix, I take one of my own pictures or an interesting historical picture and present them as a 1600 pixel wide hi-res image so you can get up close and really experience the event. Like this picture I got of the Goodyear Blimp at Oshkosh, if you click it, it'll fill your screen. It's not quite like being there, but it sure beats an itsy bitsy pic. There's a fairy large number of CoolPix entries now for you to check out... and part of the idea is that they make a pretty dandy desktop pic too.

 I was really fortunate to get to ride the Goodyear Blimp when I was a kid living outside the L.A. area in the late 60's. This reminds me that I really need to go digging in the basement, cuz somewhere down there is an old 8mm color movie that my dad and I made when we got that ride. Wow, that would sure be cool to see again! Anyway, I've been mesmerized by the blimp from as far back as I can remember, and having it in the sky over Oshkosh pretty much puts me in total avgeek heaven. So, click the pic above to get up close with that big beautiful bag of helium, and if you have the time, check out the wide range of other CoolPix that I've posted in the last year - I think you're gonna like 'em : )

 

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Such great fun to see a nice photo of the Good Year Blimp. My Dad and I worked for an affiliate that sold Goodyear tires and I was able to ride the blimp when it came to our area once around 1978 or so. I was fortunate enough to drive it as well which sounds much grander than it actually is. The speed is very slow and I had a large manual wheel to my right, almost like a large wheel on an old wheel chair that I would push back and forth to make the blimp go up and down just a wee bit. I wish I had taken photos but I've had a lifetime of fun memories. I particularly like this photo because it shows the all important ground crew that races to you as you land, and you can see some of the ropes in the front.

Thanks for sharing this photo.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Cook

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