Chief Pilot Allan Judd and me, David Onda in the 'Despicablimp' cockpit (Photo: DO)
Since March, the “Despicable Me 2” blimp (aptly named the “Despicablimp”) has been touring the skies of the United States promoting Universal’s popular animated film, which opened July 3 to massive success.
The “Despicablimp” recently presented a sequel to its summer stop in Philadelphia, when it dropped anchor at the City of Brotherly Love’s Northeast Airport. Alongside Chief Pilot Allan Judd — a veteran airship pilot with 20 years experience — I took to the skies of Philly to get an inside look at the 165-foot-long blimp.
Keep scrolling to check out video from inside the cockpit of the “Despicablimp,” as well as photos with fascinating details from our airship adventure. And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out “Despicable Me 2,” which is now available to own with XFINITY On Demand weeks before you can rent it or buy it on DVD.
Click Below to Check Out Video from Inside the ‘Despicablimp’ Cockpit:
Stuart the Minion (right) supervises the launch of his 'Despicablimp' at Northeast Philadelphia Airport. (Photo: DO)
Be-do, be-do, be-do! That's one big Minion. One of this blimp's layers is made out of extremely durable Kevlar. (Photo: DO)
The 'Despicablimp' gondola can accommodate eight passengers and the pilot. It takes a typical crew (seen here) of 15 people to oversee the blimp operations. (Photo: DO)
A view of the 'Despicablimp' cockpit control panel, complete with Minion supervisor. (Photo: DO)
On the left, a view of Pilot Judd's blimp controls. The hand wheel controls the side rudders (to move the blimp up and down), and the foot pedals control the top and bottom rudders (for left and right movement). (Photo: DO)
A view from the cockpit as the 'Despicablimp' approaches center city Philadelphia. (Photo: DO)
Famous Philly landmarks as seen from the 'Despicablimp' (left to right): City Hall, the Comcast Center and the Philadelphia Art Museum. (Photos: DO)
When grounded, the 'Despicablimp' is anchored by this single pole (left), which can withstand 100 mph winds. (Photo: DO)
The 'Despicablimp' anchored at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport (Photo: DO)
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