NBC Charlotte takes a ride in the MetLife Blimp

NBC Charlotte takes a ride in the MetLife Blimp

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 5:36 PM

When the professional golfers play there's usually a MetLife Blimp nearby. So, with the Wells Fargo Championship going on, NBC Charlotte’s Sonja Gantt got the chance of a lifetime; she took a ride in a blimp—and our cameras went with her.

From the blimp photographers give you spectacular shots of all the action on the golf course.

Pilot Charlie Smith will be flying over the Wells Fargo Championship this weekend.

“It’s one of the few aircraft that is able to fly this low…a combination of being this low to the ground  and cruising at say 20- miles an hour we call it low and slow you can see all the details.”

Smith is just one of eight people who are part of the crew that keeps the blimp running. They fly 11 months out of the year, as long as the winds are not faster than 20 miles per hour. And the blimp is never deflated because with 75 events a year there’s no time for the three weeks it would require to inflate it.

And while the  blimp program at MetLife is 25 years old, it’s modern. The blimp has it’s own Twitter account (@MetLifeBlimp). If it’s in your area you can even request a  fly-by.

After 10 years of flying, Smith said, “I’m still in love with it today as much as I was the first day it’s a lot of fun to fly this really a unique feeling.”

Watch the video for the story high above the Queen City.
 

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