EUGENE, Ore. - Oh, the humanity!
Necks across Western Oregon craned skyward as a long silvery ship slipped through the air.
The Zeppelin Eureka departed Salem on Friday morning en route to Medford for the night before pressing on for Redding, Calif., on Saturday. DID YOU SEE IT? Share your photos and videos
The zeppelin, opearted by Airship Ventures and sponsored by Farmers Insurance, offers passenger sight-seeing tours. The ship is returning from its San Francisco base from a Northwest tour that included helping federal scientists study whales in the Puget Sound area.
Stretching 15-feet longer than a 747 and 50-feet longer than the largest blimp, the craft is the world's largest airship and one of only two Zeppelins commercially flying in the world today.
Unlike a blimp, a zeppelin has an interior superstructure.
The Eureka airship is based in California and offers passenger flightseeing tours above San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Monterey, Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles.
Video of the zeppelin and the Space Needle