Skydivers drop in over the Queen Mary July 2 on Thursday

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queen-mary-skydiversFireworks won’t be the only show up in the sky over Independence Day week! The world’s largest airship, the Zeppelin Eureka, returns to Los Angeles with a special aerial thrill for spectators on the ground at the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

On Thursday, July 2 at approximately 11:00 am, the Airship Ventures Eureka will make a special flight over the Queen Mary. Hovering at 3000 ft above Events Park, former Navy SEAL Leapfrog parachutist Geoff Reeves and his team will make an historic Para drop from the airship, landing precisely in a specially designated drop zone.

The skydivers and the zeppelin will be given a special welcome to Long Beach, with nautical flags on the ship spelling out the word “Eureka.” 

The public is invited to view this special jump at the Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queen’s Highway, Long Beach (at the end of the 710 freeway at the corner of Harbor and Queen’s Way).

This special event kicks off Eureka’s second excursion to L.A. from its home base in the Bay Area, the zeppelin visited Long Beach Airport in May.

The event also serves as a premiere launch to a weekend-long 4th of July celebration at the Queen Mary. Live music, L.A.’s hottest deejays, celebrity appearances, street performers, a huge fireworks show and a VIP pool party will be featured throughout the weekend. Friday evening will feature deejays, karaoke and comedy shows. Saturday’s main event will start at noon featuring popular radio stations broadcasting live, leading up to a waterfront fireworks show. Sunday the fun continues with more music and performances. Hotel packages are available.

From July 3-7, the public will also have the chance to take flightseeing tours aboard Eureka, and experience magnificent views of the Queen Mary and other Southern California landmarks during one- and two-hour tours offered daily during the airship’s visit to the Los Angeles area. The highlight of Eureka’s Independence Week visit is a special two-hour July 4 fireworks flight that takes advantage of the Zeppelin’s 360-degree panoramas to offer passengers stunning views of fireworks shows up and down the L.A. coastline.

Flights depart from nearby AirFlite FBO terminal, adjacent to the main terminal at Long Beach Airport. One-hour flights are $ 495 plus tax per person; two-hour flights are $ 990 plus tax per person.

To celebrate our nation’s birthday in grand style, Airship Adventures is offering a special flight to view fireworks from the luxury gondola of the world’s largest Zeppelin. This spectacular event is a beautiful two-hour once-in-a-lifetime cruise for $1200 per person plus taxes. 

Flightseeing tours booked before June 30, 2009, will be eligible for the company’s “buy one ticket, save 50% on the second,” promotional pricing (excluding the Fourth of July Fireworks Flight). Passengers on every flight will receive a certificate redeemable for a buy-one-get-one-free general admission to the Queen Mary, good through September 30, 2009.

At 246 feet in length, Airship Ventures’ Eureka is the world’s largest airship-15 feet longer than a Boeing 747, and dwarfing the largest blimp by more than 50 feet. One of only three Zeppelins currently operating in the world, Eureka offers passengers spectacular 360-degree views of the sights on flightseeing tours above the San Francisco Bay, Silicon Valley, Monterey and Los Angeles.

For more information on parking for the special Para drop event, or holiday week activities at the Queen Mary, call 800-437-2934 or visit: For information on flights aboard Eureka, and to book flights visit: or call 650-969-8100 x111.

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