7/21/13-Something Different-Goodyear Blimp Flight Over LA by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers

Last week I was fortunate enough to be a passenger in the Goodyear Blimp .  Flying out of the Gardena facility we flew mainly over the 110 Harbor freeway towards Dodger Stadium to provide Fox with their aerial view for the Rockies/Dodgers game. Having flown in many helicopters, I was excited to see how different the view was from the Goodyear Blimp.

Excuse the photo geeky details….I carried three Nikon camera bodies with at 14-24, 28-300 and a 200-400. When I have flown in helicopters, we were usually 900 feet off the ground and the 400 was enough. But in the blimp, we were 2000 feet off the ground so my 200-400 should have been a 600mm instead as all of my friends on the field at Dodger Stadium look like ants.

It was hard enough to have the death grip on all of my cameras as it was so a 600 would have been a load to hang on to.

It was awesome to see a complete team effort that the Goodyear staff has to make sure the pilot takes off and lands safely by holding on tight to the rope connected to the blimp and running with it as the wind blows the blimp around.

According to Pilot in Charge Matthew St. John, the blimp uses 80 year old technology which he says works fine to this day.

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Senior Pilot Taylor Laverty

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Pilot in Charge of Spirit of America Matthew St. John….Looks easy just sitting there but he is pumping two foot pedals at a crazy pace the entire flight 3 hour trip to steer the blimp. His right hand is on a vertical wheel to go up and down.

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Taking off with Stub Hub Center (formerly Home Depot Center)in the background

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

110 Freeway heading north

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

110 North crossing with the 105 Freeway

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

110 North packed with traffic

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Dodgers Dream Field at Athens Park

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

110 North Traffic sucks!!!!!

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Looking west from the 110- The Faith Dome

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Museums and my alma mater USC in the background

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

USC Galen Center on the left.

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Downtown LA

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Los Angeles Convention Center

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

 

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Ritz and Marriott at LA Live

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

110 and 10 Freeway crossing.

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Red Carpet for the ESPYs

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

My rival high school Belmont High School on lower left. Dodger Stadium ahead.

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Department of Water and Power—My dad’s workplace for many years

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

LA City Hall in the upper right

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

MTA Building

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

My hometown of Silverlake

 

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Silverlake with the LA Observatory and Hollwood sign in the distance. My high school LA Marshall below the Observatory

 

 

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Elysian Park palm trees

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Over Dodger Stadium facing Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Los Angeles Chinatown

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Echo Park lake

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Los Angeles Police Academy

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

LA County Jail

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

MTA Building and Piper Tech

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

White Memorial Hospital where I was born a long time ago.

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

County USC

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Looking north on Broadway. On upper left of Broadway is Lincoln High School

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

On the hill is Wilson High School

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Alhambra

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Sunset Blvd

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Great place for breakfast is Nicks Cafe on Spring

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Park across the street from Nicks Cafe is Los Angeles State Historic Park

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

As Greinke pitches a masterpiece and the Dodgers win in a fast 2hours and 15 minutes, flying back to Gardena we had to fly away from the rolling in fog and clouds.

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Riding 2000 feet off the ground in the blimp was a wonderful experience. The staff at Goodyear are really cool and they love what they do……as do I.

Thank you to pilot Matt for making my flight an experience to remember…

My images over Dodger Stadium will be posted soon.

J

 

 

13 Comments

These pictures are awesome! It must be tough to take interesting, well composed photos from 2000 feet, but you definitely pulled it off.

I am totally envious. I’ve always wanted to ride on the blimp.

wow…… It’s amazing!!!!!!!!!!! I really want to go to LA!!! someday I will!!

Why no pics of Dodgers Stadium?

Look to the next entry.

Aerial photographs have been done before, but these are truly amazing. It’s nice to see my native LA in all her glory, from daylight to sundown, from Gardena to Staples/downtown LA to Dodger Stadium. Not only beautiful, but interesting. Well done Jon SooHoo! –Bruce Baert

Aerial photography has been done before, but these are truly awesome! It’s nice to see my native LA from the sky in all her glory, from daylight to sundown. From Gardena to Downtown LA. From Staples to Dodger Stadium. And all the major LA landmarks in between. Always a special touch by photographer Jon SooHoo, well done! Thanks for sharing these photos, and the interesting captions, with all of us!

Very nice. Did you use a lens filter? If yes, which one?

Nice photos but where is Dodger Stadium? Maybe I missed it.

Cool!!! But where are the pictures of Dodger Stadium?!?!?!?

Marvelous photos! I’d also love to have seen the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Bowl. I’m sending this link to a big city-hating buddy who lives in the mountains out east.

this is my town ;)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 12,643 other followers

%d bloggers like this: