So close! It looked like Marianne and I were finally going to ride the Eureka this afternoon. Unfortunately, all flights were canceled and for an extremely unhappy reason. A blimp burned and crashed in Germany yesterday, killing its pilot. Because the airship communit is so small, everybody pretty much knows everybody else. So airship pilots worldwide are in mourning.
Mike Nerandzic, an airship pilot with over twenty years experience, died a hero. He managed to save his three passengers, though at the cost of his own life.
Before a sacrifice such as that, one can only stand silent.
Above: The Eureka, attached to a mooring truck. My snapshot, taken from the field.