Canada’s airways are safe again – the Red Zeppelin is down!

Good news, Canada: Budweiser’s goal light blimp has been found.

Bad news, Canada: It is yet to be retrieved.

The 70-foot-long blimp that was made for the Olympics and is literally a big goal light in the sky, was stationed outside an event in St. John, New Brunswick when it broke free from its tethers and began floating away. That was on Saturday.

Aside from a few scattered sightings, the blimp was nowhere to be found by officials but it was expected to come down around Sussex, NB, some 70 kilometers to the northeast of St. John.

Indeed it has descended in New Brunswick and officials know exactly where it is. But getting to it is going to a challenge. From the CBC…”It’s in a wooded area in New Brunswick that doesn’t look like it’s going to be real easy to get to,” said Wade Keller, director of corporate affairs (Atlantic) for Labatt Breweries.

“We know there is a lot of interest and a lot of curiosity,” he said. “We haven’t even talked to to the property owner yet…We don’t want people going out to try and find it on their own, so at this point we’re not going to release the exact location…”

So the plus side here is the Red Zeppelin, as it is officially named, didn’t go down like another famous zeppelin. Hopefully it can live to light up the skies of Canada again. Just make sure it’s tied down next time.

It didn’t make it as far as PEI, eh? My kin up in the Great White North were watching for it.

10 thoughts on “Canada’s airways are safe again – the Red Zeppelin is down!

  1. Jr. Birdman says:

    “Werner Franz, Survivor of the Hindenburg’s Crew, Dies at 92” “Mr. Franz was believed to be the last surviving crew member. At least one other survivor of the crash, Werner Doehner, who was 8 years old and traveling with his family at the time, is thought to be still living.” See for a sense of size – note figures running for life under the bow. The Hindenburg was 803′ in length (RMS Titanic was 883′) and is estimated to have burned in as little as 16 seconds.

  2. Smilin' Jack says:

    “The Pentagon Won’t Give Up Radio Chatter From Blimp Chase” On Oct. 28, two F-16 fighter jets from the New Jersey Air National Guard took off and headed for eastern Pennsylvania. Their mission — intercept a rogue U.S. Army missile defense blimp that had broken loose from its moorings. During its 160 mile trip the airship’s nearly 7,000 ft. long tethering cable dragged across open pastures and knocked down power lines causing blackouts across Pennsylvania’s Dauphin and Lancaster counties. Since 1998, the Pentagon has paid Raytheon and other defense contractors nearly $3 billion to work on the airship system and its sensors.

  3. Hop Harrigan says:

    ‘Flying Whale’ Blimp That Never Lands Joins Global Airship Race Flying Whales is joining a contest that includes defense giant Lockheed Martin Corp. and a clutch of smaller players. What’s different about the latest project is the combined benefit of the blimp being able to lift an industry-leading 60 tons, but without any requirement for mooring pylons. The Flying Whale will be twice as long as a Boeing Co. 747 jumbo jet and have a rigid structure with individual pockets of helium, technically making it an airship rather than a blimp, which relies solely on internal gas pressure. It will be powered by small diesel or electric engines but require minimal power. (see links)

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