I spoke about my blimpport concept at the AIAA Conference held in Akron Ohio in July of 2001.
This is Part One of a two-part video of a lecture I gave to an audience at the Poppenhusen Institute in College Point, Queens
Flushing Airport was the source of my aviation passion and was located in College Point. The facility is in the care of my high school classmate Susan Brustmann. When she asked me to speak with another local aviation historian, I said yes without hesitation.
What made my presentation different this time was the use of PowerPoint instead of running a VHS tape in the background. Once I created my first slide, I was hooked. I wanted to tell the audience the story of "AirshipAl" and include the history of airship mooring sites that called Queens County in NYC their home. Part One takes us on a journey from the early history of Rockaway, North Beach/LaGuardia, Holmes and Flushing Airports to my touring days with the WDL blimp.
In Part Two, I continue on my tour with the WDL MetLife blimp and then get into a discussion of my blimpport project. Using visual aids, I share my vision of converting Flushing Airport into the world's first aviation facility for airships. Although Flushing Airport is no longer a property of choice, the blimpport concept lives.