Airship ride? - http://zeppelinflug.de/en/
Built model rockets, check. Built RC airplanes, check. Took glider ride, check. Jumped out of a perfectly good plane, check. Got to look around at all kinds of plane simulators check. Got to fly in a variety of planes and jets, check. Fly in helicopter, check. Fly in an airship, not until yesterday.
Yesterday was really an interesting day in that the place that made the zeppelins is nearby. It has been two years since we have had weather delay our ride, but it was simply I guess what it will be like for the first rocket and space tourists. You go in, not really having a destination, but rather you are having an experience as man tries to leverage the use of proven technology for flight in new and high tech ways.
As a kid, I just remember it was pretty cool to see the Goodyear or met-life blimp traveling to another sporting event in the country. You remember the Hindenburg crash footage, and the reality of the radial, piston and turbine jet engines made for the idea of slowly meandering the skies a niche player.
I have to say, I really enjoyed the time as it gave a perspective over land that was not really high, but low enough to encompass the reality of humanity below. Your position above the ground was easy to spot as you saw the giant shadow seeming to wander on the ground below.
My wife dreamed of flying as a young girl, and she lived that out as a younger woman, but also went back to it, as she loved it. Now here body, much like an athlete politely told her, “it is over, it is time to stop.” Much like the idea of commercial airships.
I commented that I really enjoyed the flight and was happy that there was a not high wind, who knows what it would be like in an airship then? She smiled and admitted, “I think I am just in love with jets and that type of travel.”
We both laughed a bit. I thought about it and said, “that only leaves space for me. You won’t let me do wingsuits.”
For some reason, she actually said, “sure, go ahead if you want.”
Now I am worried. Maybe she is hoping I will go do something stupid to shorten my life?