MetLife has full time blimps, “Snoopy One,” “Snoopy Two,” and "Snoopy J." Another blimp, "Snoopy 3," was launched for a limited time in the summers of 2007 and 2008 to provide additional aerial coverage of sporting events. In the past, a MetLife Blimp has also flown over China, covering special community events.
There is also a MetLife Blimp that flies in China. The blimp in China is focused on MetLife and special community events rather than the coverage of major sporting events as it is here. The MetLife Blimp will fly a total of just under 500 hours spread across three provinces; Guangdong, Liaoning, Chongqing.
In a typical year, "Snoopy One" and "Snoopy Two" combine to cover approximately 70 events for networks such as CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN and The Golf Channel. The two blimps also provide over 100 flyovers and visits for special events in a given year.
14. Two pilots and twelve crew members. The ground crew includes electronic engineers, mechanics, licensed radio technicians, and riggers. In addition to these highly specialized personnel, each MetLife Blimp operation requires five ground support vehicles; to move the blimp and crew from one location to the next.
The MetLife Blimps do not have a home base. The blimps stay at airports close to the events they are covering. In general, “Snoopy One” spends most of the year in the South, Northeast and Midwest. It spends the winter in Florida. “Snoopy Two” spends the summer in the Northeast and Midwest, but the winter in California, Arizona and Nevada.
The length of stay depends on whether the blimp is passing through town to another final destination or is in the area to cover a special event. If it is just passing through it will most likely only be in town for one day unless weather keeps it there longer. If it is in town to cover an event, however, it will remain there for the duration of the event.
Due to weather and operational issues, the blimp schedule is always subject to change. If the visit or fly over is cancelled, we'll do our best to reschedule, but we can not guarantee that the blimp schedule will permit.