The DirecTV blimp soared through Augusta’s sky Tuesday on its way to land at Aiken Regional Airport.
The blimp was scheduled to land at Daniel Field but winds blowing from the north required a slightly larger airfield such as Aiken’s for the blimp to land, said Augusta Aviation President Steven Gay.
The blimp traveled from Charlotte where it flew above ESPN’s Monday Night Football game at Bank of America Stadium. The Carolina Panthers beat the New England Patriots 24-20.
Mike Laver, manager of Aiken Aviation, said he didn’t even notice the blimp landing shortly after 4 p.m. Blimps occasionally land at Aiken Regional, which has an abandoned runway where a blimp can park.
“They seem to like coming to Aiken. We’ve got the space here,” Laver said. “It’s easy in and out.”
A blimp has landed at Daniel Field about a dozen times during Gay’s 32 years at the airfield. But, it’s been 10 years or more since the last one visited Daniel Field, he said.