On June 27, 2007, New England's beloved floating icon is back and improved.
Nearly ten months ago, the Hood Blimp made an unexpected landing in the woods on the North Shore (Manchester-by-the-Sea) of Massachusetts. Nobody was hurt, thanks to the experienced maneuvering of the well-trained pilot.
Repaired and retooled with High Definition cameras this year-one of fewer than ten blimps in the world with HD capabilities - the Hood Blimp is ready to reclaim its rightful place amid the clouds throughout New England and New York.
"Families across New England look forward to seeing the Hood Blimp flying high in the sky during the summer months," said Lynne Bohan, VP of Public Relations for HP Hood. "We received several calls and e-mails from concerned spectators of all ages after our unexpected landing last season, wishing us the best in recovering and repairing the blimp. We're happy to say, the Blimp is back and better than ever."
In June 2007, the Blimp was in Beverly, Massachusetts; it was in Newport, Rhode Island on Saturday, June 30, for the Tall Ships Festival. From there, it made its way to Fenway Park for the July 2 game between the Red Sox and the Texas Rangers before joining in the holiday festivities at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Throughout July, the Blimp made appearances in Maine, New Hampshire, and New York.