I am very happy that Airship Ventures is partnering with NASA with regard to using their zeppelin for scientific research in addition to their normal tourist operations [NASA Ames To Buy Blimp Rides From Hangar Tenant,” April 9, page 10].

I would like to point out, however, that their airship is indeed a zeppelin and not a blimp. These are two very different types of airships. The NT107 is the very first zeppelin to fly in America since the Hindenburg disaster of 1937. It is a beautiful flying machine, and I would hope that it would be properly recognized for what it is as a dirigible or zeppelin, and not an inflatable gas bag such as the Goodyear Blimp.


Michelle Evans

Lake Forest , Calif.