Airship Crusing Redding Skies


The Zeppelin Eureka (photo by Jon Lewis).

Redding is not suddenly hosting the World Series or big-time bowl game, but there’s an airship cruising our skies nonetheless.

Don’t call it a blimp, it’s the Airship Ventures’ Farmers Insurance Airship, also known as the Zeppelin Eureka. The Zeppelin is on a month-long tour of the Pacific Northwest.

It’s the first time a Zeppelin airship has offered passengers flights in the region.


Photo of Redding from the airship (by Jon Lewis).

Similar to the historic barnstorming tours of the 1920s, the Zeppelin is traveling to five cities in the Northwest. The airship, the world’s largest, will be in Redding through tomorrow (Saturday).

Tickets to fly on the airship start at $375 per person. A limited number of buy one regularly priced, save 50 percent on a second, are available. To learn more about flight options visit , or call (650) 969-8100 x111.

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4 Responses

  1. Avatar Sally Wells says:

    Hi John – the pictures from and of the Farmers Zeppelin were great. I saw it cruising over Redding this afternoon (Friday). Very impressive!

  2. Avatar James Bond says:

    Hi folks,

    Great picture of the mini Zeppelin, good to see they have fire insurance from Farmers, but not too sure how upright the photographer was.

    If you want to see more on airships, past, present and future see: or if you just want a helium sniffing laugh try the worlds only lighter than air comedy site, with lots of funny pictures and U tube links fit for all the family.

    Regards Bond, James Bond.

    (Skyship blimp pilot in a View to a Kill)

    PS. For the star of a future James Bond film see the Skycat:

  3. Avatar Pat j. says:

    I saw it leaving Redding….Wish I'd gone for a ride!!!!

  4. Avatar pmarshall says:

    Yes, I saw the airship passing over our neighborhood. It was nice to see the photos. Wondered what it was all about. Now I know. Thanks.