A few pics from when I rode in the Goodyear Blimp @ Sydney Olympics in 2000.
It was one of the smaller blimps. 4 seater. Pilot, copilot, 2 passengers. As we were getting ready for takeoff the pilot goes "Let me show you what this baby can do!" Myself and the other passenger are like "what can it do besides float?" Captain smiles, gets us a couple hundred feet over the field, tilts it so we are laying on our backs, goes full throttle and shoots us up like a balloon shot off the end of your finger. What a blast!