Zeppelin dedication at Moffet Field

November 21, 2008 3:23:25 PM PST
A celebration of the 75th anniversary of Moffett Field will be marked today in conjunction with the dedication of the world's largest airship, a 246-foot zeppelin.

The Airship Ventures Inc. Zeppelin NT is one of only three zeppelins flying in the world, according to the company.

The airship, manufactured in Germany by Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH, now calls Moffett Field's Hangar Two its home. It will be used for passenger service as well as for NASA scientific missions.

Starting this month, the airship began carrying passengers from Oakland International Airport and Sonoma County Airport.

The zeppelin landed at Moffett Field in October, roughly 75 years after the U.S. Navy's airship Macon landed there on Oct. 15, 1933. It is the only zeppelin offering public flights in the U.S. and the first to fly in the country in 71 years.

Because of the new airship's historical significance, Moffett Field's 75th anniversary will be celebrated in conjunction with a dedication ceremony of the zeppelin, spokeswoman Beth Pursley said.

"We've got dignitaries from the airship community around the world in attendance to dedicate the historic airship," Pursley said.

Col. William Moffett III, grandson of Admiral William Moffett; Wolfgang von Zeppelin, a relative of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin; Thomas Brandt, CEO of Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik, are among those attending today's event.

As part of the ceremony, the zeppelin will be named and dedicated with a champagne salute, Pursley said.

Additional information including reservation information for zeppelin flights can be found at: www.airshipventures.com/index.php.


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