This video by perfectly captures our experience on the Farmers Airship, a 246-foot Zeppelin. Click here for details on the airship. (Not a blimp; there's a difference!) A big thanks to the folks at Farmers Insurance for all they do to support the March of Dimes, and for including us in this unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Click here to see the handmade thank-you notes by Jake & Josh. 

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We also were featured in this story, in the Sept. 30, 2011, edition of The Dallas Morning News

Twin brothers Josh and Jake Aron got a bird’s-eye view of Dallas-Fort Worth on Thursday.

The bird that carried them was bigger than a jumbo jet, quiet as a cat and lighter than air.

“It  was awesome!” said 9-year-old Jake, of Dallas. “But we didn’t get to go  to school and brag about it to our friends today; we gotta wait.”

This  weekend, residents across the area may catch a glimpse of the Farmers  airship, the largest in the world and one of only two zeppelins flying  commercially. The dirigible, dubbed Eureka, is making the final stop on  its six-month Covering Communities Tour.

The  Aron twins were invited with their parents, Jaime and Lori, and older  brother Zac to ride Eureka on Thursday morning on behalf of Farmers  Insurance and the March of Dimes.

“They  … asked if we’d like to do this, and who wouldn’t want to?” Jaime Aron  said. “We’ve been so fortunate to have so many great experiences on  behalf of March of Dimes.”

Josh  and Jake were born four months premature, and the family has been  ambassadors for the March of Dimes for the past six years. They said  Thursday’s flight was the experience of a lifetime.

“My  alarm was set for 5:40,” Jaime Aron said, “and he [Jake] woke me up at  5:39, and he was already dressed. … So he was a wee bit looking forward  to it.”

The  Arons’ trip was on the house, but limited seats were available this  weekend for a shade over $500 for a one-hour trip or $1,000 for two  hours. For more information, or to track the airship’s journeys  throughout the world, go to

According  to Airship Ventures, owner and operator of Eureka, the zeppelin is 246  feet long and travels at an average speed of 35 mph and an altitude of  1,200 feet. Its internal framework distinguishes it from the more common  blimps. The airship’s gondola holds 12 passengers, complete with a  restroom and views from every angle.

“Sometimes  I’ll see kids during playtime at school waving, so I’ll make a few  spins to let them know I see them,” said Eureka’s pilot, Katharine  Board. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Board,  the only female zeppelin pilot in the world, said she flies with people  who have wanted to ride an airship their whole lives and feels  fortunate to make those dreams come true. She also enjoys proving to  youngsters that anything is possible.

“I really notice being the only woman pilot when I hear a dad tell his daughter she can do whatever she wants,” she said.

The red, white and blue airship lifts off for its last trip around the area on Sunday at Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport.

Thank you notes to Farmers

Here are the thank-you notes Jake &  Josh made for the fine folks at Farmers Insurance who were kind enough  to offer us the ride of our lives.