Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Largest Airship in SD

World's Largest Airship Flying Over San Diego

SAN DIEGO - A 246-foot-long Zeppelin, touted as the world's largest airship, will take to the skies for the first time over San Diego during the start of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament.

The so-called "Farmers Insurance Airship," which will be operated by Airship Ventures, will provide aerial television coverage of the tournament, which gets under way Thursday at Torrey Pines.

"Torrey Pines will host some of the world's best golfers this weekend and the Farmers Airship will ensure the worldwide television audience will see this beautiful course and the intense competition on it from the tees to the greens," said Kevin Kelso, chief marketing officer for Farmers Insurance Group.

The airship is 15 feet longer than a Boeing 747 and is 50 feet longer than the largest blimp, according to Kelso.

It will be emblazoned with a blue and red Farmers Insurance shield logo that is 185 feet long and 30 feet tall.

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