Ardmore man's homemade blimp floats south all the way to Decatur

By: Daniel Armbruster Email
By: Daniel Armbruster Email

ARDMORE, OK -- A 79-year-old man piloting his homemade blimp crashed near Plainview High School Sunday night.

It happened around 8:45 p.m. in the 5100 Block of S. Painview Rd. in Ardmore.

The Love County Sheriff's Office actually received the original call that a blimp of some kind had lost altitude and crashed. They passed word along to Carter County O.H.P. who then got in touch with Southern Oklahoma Search and Rescue.

S.O.S.R. located the crash site just off Plainview road around 10 p.m. When they did they found the pilot, Marvin Polzien, relatively uninjured.

"Things just didn't go right. There was no calamity. I know what happened, and I will correct it tomorrow. If we can get it off that plateau and get it down in the flats. I'm sure I can get the motor started and fly it out of there," Polzien said.

Polzien says that one of the 3 motors on board failed, and that caused the crash.

O.H.P. says that the F.A.A. will not be getting involved, and that Polzein will not be charged with any crime.

UPDATE: After an elderly Ardmore man crashed a blimp he was working on and walked away without a scratch, on Monday the blimp was the main concern.

It turns out 79-year-old Marvin Polzein says he did not tie down the balloon like he'd thought, and sometime this morning it flew away. Polzein says the blimp crashed Sunday evening off Plainview Road due to motor issues. On Monday he was out searching for the blimp that he built himself.

Polzein received a call around 1:20 p.m. Monday that the blimp had flown south all the way to Decatur, Texas.

"Anytime you're doing something experimental there's problems that always pop up that are unforeseen. I've fixed so many of those problems, I thought we were probably to the end of the problems, and it's going to work and I think I’m almost there. It's a learning experience and as far as people saying "You're going to kill yourself", well I don't think so," Polzein says.

Polzein says he is just happy that the blimp did not land in a dangerous area and that no one was injured.

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  • by Preston Location: Dayton,Ohio on Dec 24, 2009 at 10:01 PM
    I think that this man is simply displaying the American spirit.Would you have told the Wright Brothers that what they were doing is insane.You see,if it weren't for people taking some chances and experimenting with flight,man would have never been able to sustain flight.It doesn't matter whether someone is 19 or 79.Flying is a great pasttime shared by many.Marvin Polzien,I admire you.
  • by Wilbur Right Location: Airplane Road on May 20, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    I'm working on a flying lawn mower with a parachute,but i need one volenteer to do the test drive,i expect it to go about 180 mph, if this works i'm going to the moon.Mr. Polizen is my idol, i'm going to get him to teach me to tie a knot..........
  • by okiemom Location: Ardmore on May 19, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    Anyone else would probably have been arrested for violation of homeland security issues. This story is stupid, we've heard too many times already.
  • by Airplane Albert Location: Ardmore on May 19, 2009 at 02:52 PM
    I can't even express in words my feelings about this story and man. Wow is all I can think of. What a moron!!!!! I have seen other stories on him and met him a few times. I just think that the mental capacity is lacking here. Maybe he should be checked out by a doctor. I feel really safe knowing he is flying over head at any moment. Actually that scares the Sh** out of me!!!
  • by OMG Location: Ardmore on May 19, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    What is worse is that he has a paraglider and an airplane as well that he flies and to me knowledge has crashed them as well. Oh yea I forgot about the hot air balloon that he landed in Lake Murray.
  • by Sherman Location: From Sherman with Love on May 19, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    What makes him so "elderly" he is doing things that must people would not do. He has an adventurous soul. Keep on flying (as soon as you repair the blimp)
  • by Harold Location: the edge on May 19, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    This guy is hilarious. A one-man reality show on KXII news.
  • by J Location: Ardmore on May 19, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    I'm all for the guy and his blimp, but geez, crashing the blimp, not tying the blimp down, the blimp flying unmanned and crashing in Decatur? I think this guy needs to take the blimp out to Montana.
  • by bubba redneck Location: sherman on May 19, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    will somebody take this toy away from this guy before he hurts or even kills somebody or himself where is this guys family and why aren't they taking control of things....that dang thing could of landed on a busy hwy and caused major distruction..any one ever remember seeing the clip of the would ya like to see that happen here..
  • by Steve Location: Denison on May 19, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    "Anytime you're doing something experimental there's problems that always pop up that are unforeseen" TRY A LESS "EXPERIMENTAL" KNOT IN THE ROPE NEXT TIME."
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