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Flying in a Zeppelin

Farmers Airship (Airship Ventures) Zeppelin NT N07 Eureka (registered N704LZ, c/n 04), based at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, is one of only two Zeppelin dirigibles operating in the world today (the other is based in Germany in Friedrichshafen on the shores of Lake Constance, the home of Zeppelin). Filled with non-flammable helium, Eureka is a dirigible, not a blimp.  A dirigible has an internal rigid frame covered with a shell and filled with lifting gas.  It has engines mounted on the sides of the hull, away from the gondola.  A blimp does not have an internal frame, maintains its shape solely from gas pressure, and has its engines mounted on the gondola.  Having an actual Zeppelin (the same company that made the infamous Hindenburg) operating near me is exciting.  Of course I want to add that to my list of interesting and rare aircraft flown.  However, price is high.  The tour I want to take is a one-hour flight over San Francisco (flown out of Oakland) at $495 plus …