Ever since I was a little boy,
airships have fascinated me.

While winged craft claw their way into the sky by sheer brute force, an airship seems to care very little about gravity. In fact, you have to tie it down to keep it on the ground.

When the MetLife Blimp appeared over the skyscrapers of Minneapolis recently, I resolved to see if I could catch a ride in this magnificent flying machine. Being an aviation photographer with a webzine has it's advantages.

Here, the blimp pivots restlessly as a late-night thunderstorm approaches the Crystal, MN regional airport.
Internal Illumination:
 Twin 1000watt lamps, top center.