resident Eric Brothers, author of When
Giants Roamed the Sky, helps to tell the story of the blimp
in Floating on Air.
Floating on Air
If you were raised in Akron during the latter half
of the 20th century, the sight and sound of blimps floating overhead
probably hold a place in your childhood mental scrapbook. In Floating
on Air, a new production by Phil Hoffman, lighter-than-air enthusiasts
share the fond memories and fascinating history of Akrons
unofficial mascot of the skies.
Eric Brothers, author of When Giants Roamed the Sky,
helps to tell the story of these amazing flying, floating machines
and how they work.
The blimps history is populated by a menagerie
of interesting characters like Crazy Legs Johnson, who fell out
of an airborne blimp and lived to tell about it, and Walter Wellmen,
whose dream to fly a blimp to the North Pole never materialized.
Over the years, the blimp assumed many roles. Its
gig in the transportation industry was brought to an end by more
efficient means of moving products. During World War II, the blimp
served military duty in surveillance. Today, the blimp is primarily
a promotional vehicle and the unofficial mascot of Akrons