Blimp makes unexpected landing at Lincoln airport


LINCOLN — A blimp on its maiden voyage has made an unscheduled stop in Lincoln.

Lincoln Regional Airport manager David Lloyd said the Hangar 1 Vodka blimp had to land Wednesday afternoon after one of the three pickup trucks that were following it on the ground broke down.

He said the blimp itself wasn’t experiencing any problems and was in transit from Canada, where it was made, to Orlando, Fla.

Lloyd said the blimp is an estimated 150 feet long and 50 to 60 feet high. He said the airport has to shut down for three days while it’s being kept on the airport runway.

Lloyd said he was told the blimp is scheduled to make a coast-to-coast tour this summer.