Snoopy where are you?
The Captain and I were at the airport a couple days ago and lo and behold there was a Blimp tethered in a vacant field.
We stopped the car and got out. Upon closer examination…well, that is not quite accurate…. I mean, who can not see a Blimp in a vacant field without closer examination? I could see that before my cataract surgery…However, I noticed that Snoopy was not visible with his red hat and his green scarf flying in the wind!
After returning home, I did a little research and found out that The MetLife Blimp program began in 1987 with the “Snoopy 1” airship and, in 1994, expanded to include the “Snoopy 2” airship.
The program provides aerial coverage to over 80 major sporting events every year and is currently the official aerial coverage provider of the PGA Tour. “Snoopy 1” and “Snoopy 2” also provide overhead television coverage for the NFL, CBS College Football, the LPGA, the NBA Finals, the Preakness Stakes, and the Kentucky Derby.
MetLife has successfully secured exclusive rights to use Snoopy and other PEANUTS characters for promotions in the financial services category on a global basis. These rights are derived from two contracts, one for North America and one for international markets. Both agreements will terminate at the same time, in 2014.
According to the Wiki article….the agreements have not terminated…. yet!
And the Blimp was dirty looking! It looked like it needed a bath!
That brings to mind a question? How does one clean a Blimp? I have watched airplanes be cleaned and wiped down, but I have never seen anyone rolling around on top of a Blimp! Oh well, never mind!
It was definitely the METLIFE Blimp… but I didn’t see Snoopy!
I was sad! “Where is Snoopy?” I lamented to the Captain.
And then the Captain pointed out the nose of the airship and there he was! On second thought, maybe I do need to go have my eyes checked again 🙁
Snoopy was not as colorful as say the Snoopy 1 Blimp…but he was there on the nose and guiding the Blimp to its destination, which happened to be Southwest Florida.
“We can go home now” I announced and we got back into the car. “Snoopy is alive and well and that makes me happy!”
Fly on Snoopy! Fly on.