Boarding Zeppelin Gives One Area Woman The Ride Of Her Life
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — You may have seen it hovering over Philadelphia recently, an aircraft measuring 246 feet long and cruising high in the sky.
You may have thought it was a blimp, but it was a Zeppelin called Farmers Airship–quite a sight from the ground, and quite an adventure for one woman checking off the final item on her bucket list.
Wonderful. That was the only word Peg Steneck could say as she boarded Farmers Airship at Northeast Airport in Philadelphia.
It is the world’s biggest passenger airship, and for Peg, a retired school teacher from Bradley Beach, New Jersey, riding in it was her biggest wish.
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“When you have a dream come true, it’s always something special, and this has always been a fantasy for me,” said Peg as she boarded the Zeppelin.
In fact, flying in one has been on Peg’s bucket list since she was 5-years-old.
And on this day, gliding twelve hundred feet over the Delaware Valley, Peg was about to check that ride off her bucket list.
“It’s a dream come true for me, and it’s much more awesome than I thought,” said Peg.
When the pilot told Peg that visibility was “only” 3 miles, Peg didn’t see it that way.
“I could see forever,” she said.
Peg’s good friend Liz Murray shared the excitement from the ground.
“She was so excited when I was driving here, I almost drove off the road because she yelled so much when she saw the Zeppelin flying over, she couldn’t believe it,” said Liz.
And even after landing, 69-year-old Peg was still on cloud nine.
“This is just one of the best days of my life, absolutely awesome,” said Peg. “It was spectacular, beautiful, quiet, more than I expected.”
If you’re wondering about the rest of Peg’s bucket list, it holds just 2 other items: seeing pearl divers in Japan and riding in a hot air balloon.
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Reported by Susan Barnett, CBS3