See what is was like from the MetLife Blimp flying at 3,000 feet above Phoenix Open for 2012. What does the crew do to launch the Blimp? What is the view like from the Chief Pilots view_ Charlie Smith. Video work done by Roger Rohrs.
Take a ride over the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Find out what it takes to put the blimp in the air.
The MetLife Blimp Program, initiated in 1987, underwent an expansion in 1994. MetLife currently operates three airships known as "Snoopy One," "Snoopy Two," and "Snoopy J." Structurally, the blimps are the same A60+ model. All of the blimps are permanently decaled with the corporate logo "MetLife" on either side.
"Snoopy Two" was launched from Hillsboro, Oregon in October, 1993. The primary difference between the two blimps is their geographic regions of operation; "Snoopy Two" spends the winter months on the West Coast touring California, Nevada and Arizona.Chief Pilot is Charles Smith, "Snoopy J" was launched in Japan in November of 2010.
The primary focus of the blimp program is providing aerial coverage of sporting and special events. In a typical year, "Snoopy One" and "Snoopy Two" cover approximately 70 events for a variety of networks including NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN and TGC. The blimps can be seen capturing shots of events ranging from the US Open and PGA Championship, to NFL football games across the country
The First weekend of February Snoopy Two was in Scottsdale AZ.