Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are not the only Zeppelin scheduled
to make a huge impact this December. A project to fly a huge blimp
over three major U.S. cities in support of Congressman Ron Paul's
Presidential campaign has finally become a reality after a last
gasp cash infusion ensured take off.
The idea was initially scoffed at, dismissed and
made the butt of terrible "lead balloon" puns by neocon
bloggers and establishment hacks who will once again be eating
their words as support for Ron Paul is literally soaring!
The project, initiated by independent Ron Paul supporter
Trevor Lyman, looked to be losing altitude earlier this week due
to a slow down in fund raising and unfulfilled pledges. With $119,775
in donations plus $5,500 in wire transfer purchases, as of yesterday
morning, the target of $200,000 by end of play Friday looked distant.
However, a last gasp plea for donations by Lyman rejuvenated the
"We must receive $200,000 in sponsorships by
midnight on Friday for the blimp to be in Boston by December 15th!
Please sponsor the Ron Paul Blimp Tour now!"
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Over night the donations poured in and now the $200,000
target has been reached with other promised pledges constituting
a total of $420,000. A detailed
flight plan for the blimp has been released along
with a press
release which reads:
Supporters of Presidential candidate Ron Paul
are excited to announce the launch of their very own privately
funded Ron Paul blimp. In less than a month the idea has gone
from a wishful post on a website to a full-blown and flying
Launch date is set for the morning of December 11th from
Elizabeth City, NC where the blimp will then fly north to New
Hampshire with stops in Washington D.C., New York City and Boston.
The blimp will be met at each stop by thousands of Ron Paul
supporters who will come to cheer it on as it continues its
journey while passing over stadiums, parks, highways and anywhere
else people gather.
The Ron Paul blimp plans to be in Boston for the anniversary
of the Boston Tea Party on December 16th where it will join
supporters on the ground who will be protesting the high level
of taxation we experience. Weather permitting, plans have it
in New Hampshire for as long as possible up until the New Hampshire
primary at which point it will fly south to South Carolina and
As stated in the press release, the blimp will fly over Boston
on the same day that will see Ron Paul once
again break the record for online fundraising in
one day with the "Ron
Paul Tea Party" mass donation day, also organised
These two events combined will ensure unprecedented media coverage
for the campaign.
The blimp that will be used is one of the largest in the world
at 197 feet long and over 66 feet high. It carries a ground crew
of 15-20 along with 2 primary pilots. In addition 12 passengers
can be carried during any one flight. The passengers will be chosen
from Ron Paul supporters, veterans, charities, dignitaries and
One side of the Blimp will carry the now familiar "Ron Paul
r3VOLution" slogan, while the other will ask the question
"Who is Ron Paul?" and encourage the millions who see
it to google the Congressman.
The mainstream media is already picking up on the news and reporting
on the blimp's take off:
is still seeking funds. The more it raises, the longer the blimp
will stay in flight and the more people will come into contact
with Ron Paul's campaign of freedom and limited government.