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New Jersey Super Bowl Will Have No Blimps

There will be no blimps hovering over MetLife Stadium during Super Bowl XLVIII thanks to New Jersey’s cold weather.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey blimp
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey blimp (Jason Allentoff, Townsquare Media NJ)

While a cold-weather Super Bowl is being touted as being unique, blimps are very delicate and don’t fly in bad weather or cold weather. Most are grounded for the winter or fly only in warm weather climates.

Greg Poppenhouse, chief pilot for Goodyear, explains to the Star Ledger that rain can add as much as 400 pounds of weight that in the winter would freeze.

Not even the MetLife blimp will fly over its namesake stadium. “They won’t be there,” said MetLife spokesman Shane Winn tells the Star Ledger. “Even if the weather was fairly decent, usually by mid-November both Snoopy One and Snoopy Two are put on a program that keeps them to largely warm-weather states.”

FAA regulations will also keep banner planes from flying over the Meadowlands. The Air Force’s Thunderbirds may also be unable to fly as they always do during the national anthem do to the sequester that kept them away from many air shows over the summer.

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