Friday, November 03, 2006

Hood Blimp Lumberjack competition

September 26th, 2006

My Birthday!! But it was not me, honest. (Remember that if this feed is
still around in just under a year)

Hands up all those that were a the Icicle a few years ago, yes you Mr
Dunnington put your hand up.

I tried to add pictures to this post but for some reason the beta version of
Blogger is not playing ball. So follow the links for images.

Interesting comment on how YouTube (but not the blimp accident) affects us
these days

Over at

inciteful comment at

Oh and the grown ups at CBS4 say

Hood Blimp Crash Lands In Manchester-By-The-Sea

(CBS4) MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA The Hood Blimp, a fixture in the sky over the
Boston area, crash landed in the woods in Manchester-By-The-Sea Tuesday

The pilot, Leigh Bradbury, lost control of the rudder shortly after takeoff,
then tried to land the blimp on nearby Singing Beach just after noon, but he
didn't make it. The blimp ended up on top of several trees about 30 feet
above the ground.

Bradbury was not hurt but it took rescue personnel two hours to free him.
The wooded area was inaccessible to rescue vehicles. Bradbury put on a
harness, which was attached to a rescue rope and rappelled to the ground,
State Police Lt. Dermot Quinn said.

A 12-man team from Beverly Airport is working to deflate the blimp so it can
be removed from the area, which is near the airport and an elementary
school. This process could take a few days.

Michael Kenny, 51, of Peabody, noticed the blimp while in Beverly to get
lunch. The 51-year-old carpenter said he had taken a ride in the same blimp
one month ago.

"It was moving up and down like a whale in the water," as if fighting the
wind, Kenny said. "He was only turning in one direction."

Bradbury was doing "exposure flying" -- or recreational flying -- and was
not on a business run, said Mickey Wittman, director of client services for
Lightship Group of Orlando, Fla., which owns the aircraft. It rents
advertising space to Hood.

Lynne Bohan, a spokeswoman for the dairy food company, said the blimp had
been scheduled to fly above the Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Tuesday

The A-60 Airship was manufactured by American Blimp Corp., the parent
company of Lightship Group, Wittman said.

"Occasionally it happens," he said of blimp accidents. "I've never known
anyone to be hurt."

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Massachusetts Aeronautics
Commission are investigating.

See the pilot talking about it @

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