Hunter Harris describes himself as a farm boy from the eastern shore with a keen interest in things mechanical and anything aviation oriented. Harris will be chronicling his adventures piloting blimps from 1986 to 1995 for McDonald’s, Sea World’s Shamu, the Met Life Snoopy Blimp, and the Pink Floyd Airship, yes, THAT Pink Floyd, that flew around the countryside promoting the Division Bell World Tour and was used for media coverage during their concerts. He has soared above major golf and tennis tournaments, NASCAR and Indy-car races, parades, Super Bowl, and World Series games, all while accumulating thousands of hours as one of only a handful of Airship pilots.
“When you are flying an Airship, you are flying a big bag of helium thru the atmosphere that is affected by wind, sunlight, precipitation… It’s a type of flying that requires much more situational awareness (than other types of aviation),” describes Harris. “The series for Chesapeake Forum is all about my piloting experiences. I want to explain and share the experience of something that is really unique,” says Harris. “This will be my third time teaching this class. I will use video that I created on the computer with stills and music and will stop at certain points to tell a story and answer questions before carrying on.” The three classes begin with a trip from Miami to the West Coast (with a side-excursion along the length of the Mississippi valley). From there we go from San Diego up the coast to British Columbia and we finish with a repeat of last Semester’s Montreal to Miami trip.
The course will be presented live on Zoom. This three-session class is $15. For those who cannot attend the live course, recordings of the ZOOM sessions will be available after each class and may be purchased for viewing during the course registration. August 24th is the first day to register at www.chesapeakeforum.org. Mark the date, the first session begins on Monday September 21st.