Blimp on Coffs Harbour's horizon is one very famous airship

The Appliances Online Lightship will spend up to five days flying Coffs Coast skies from this Thursday.
The Appliances Online Lightship will spend up to five days flying Coffs Coast skies from this Thursday.

A BLIMP is flying in Australia's skies once more and one of the most famous aircraft of the kind should appear above the Coffs Coast from Thursday - weather permitting.

Airships never fail to attract attention and it's the reason they are generally used for advertising.

The 10-year-old blimp coming our way has flown about 14,000 hours around the world and was used for many years to promote Goodyear tyres.

It was one of several anchored above the City of London for the Olympic Games.

Now known as the Appliances Online Lightship it will be based at Coffs Harbour Regional Airport for a stay of up to five days.

Promoter Annabelle Page said the blimp will have it's own 13-strong round-the-clock ground support crew to stay in constant contact with air traffic controllers and make sure everything is (air)ship shape.

"Built by the Van Wagner Airship Group, the blimp will be illuminated from inside by two 1000 watt light bulbs, making it highly visible during night flights," Annabelle said.

"At 39 metres long and 11 metres wide, it's the largest and only blimp currently flying in the Southern hemisphere."

To put that in perspective, it's the length of three school buses.

Unlike a hot air balloon, a blimp is filled with helium rather than air and has a volume of 68,000 cubic feet - enough to fill 136,000 part balloons.

Topics:  coffs harbour regional airport london olympics

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