Audio slideshow: Humming along in a zeppelin

Don't care to spend $500 for a ride in a zeppelin? This audio slideshow is a much cheaper way to get some of the sights and sounds of the new airship.

If you're looking for new forms of alternative transportation, stop by Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, Calif., where Airship Ventures is making an old mode of transport new again.

This week, CNET reporters hitched a ride on the first zeppelin to take flight over the United States in 70 years. The German-built, helium-filled dirigible will soon offer sightseeing flights from three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of just three zeppelins operating in the world, the unique airships will begin flying later this month from Mountain View and in early November from other locations, with ticket prices starting at $495 per person.

Sail away in this audio slideshow from CNET News photographer James Martin.

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