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Enterprise: 1938

Enterprise: 1938

Washington, D.C., circa 1938. "Goodyear Blimp at Washington Air Post." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Blimp rides $3!

I just read "The Pentagon: A History" by Steve Vogel and he describes the Goodyear blimp Enterprise being a fixture in the Washington skies. It was based at the Washington-Hoover Airport, future site of the Pentagon, and offered rides to tourists for $3. Must have been a lot of money back then though.

Perhaps the first documented instance

of overbooking a flight.

NCC-1701 slowly go where no man has gone before.....

Hazardous Duty

The starboard engine had been shut down to allow passenger boarding, but the port prop is still turning just a few feet from the ground handlers. Ouch!

Enterprise Prototype

Give me warp speed NOW Mr. Scott!!

They Can't All Go!

There are a lot more people lining up than will fit in the passenger compartment!

I was a passenger in one of the Goodyear blimps in the early 1970s (a newer one than the one shown in 1938). As I remember it, it held only five or six people plus the pilot.

Helium v Hydrogen

Goodyear used helium starting with its first airship in 1925.

All aboard!

Well, let's hope that invitation wasn't extended!

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