A friend of mine wanted a blimp ride for her 50th birthday. I found Blimp World at anaheimblimp.com on Google and called Terry Barnes. After saving for 3 months, I came up with the $600 he charged for two, one-hour blimp rides.
Upon receipt of the $600, Terry Barnes mailed me two tickets for a blimp ride, with the instructions to call when I was ready to go on the ride. However, the blimp was being serviced at the time, so wait about a month before calling.
I waited the specified time and called. Had to leave a message. E-mailed him and got a phone call. Some insurance problems, call back in a few weeks.
Waited. Called back. Terry had to go to Washington, D. C. to talk to congress about the insurance problems. Was testifying before a congressional committee. Will take a few weeks.
Waited. Called back. Insurance is being revised. Wait two months and call back.
Waited. Called back. No answer. He had changed phone numbers.
Went on-line. Did some research and found a new phone number. Called. Sent an E-mail. Got a phone call. He couldn't give me the rides (insurance problem) but would send me a refund as soon as he got back in town.
No refund came. Called again. He had to go back to Washington, D.C. to provide security for the Bush inauguration. Would send me a refund as soon as he got back.
It's been over a year. No refund.
I called Nick Nicolary, the man who Terry Barnes advertised on the web site as his chief pilot. Mr. Nicolary said he spoke to Terry Barnes once about the possibility of testing a blimp for him. Has never worked for him nor piloted any of his blimps. That's when I realized that Blimp World, aka Anaheim Blimp, is a scam.
Now the web page no longer has Mr. Nicolary's photo nor any reference to him. Which tells me that he called Terry Barnes and told him to remove the false information. That Terry Barnes has recently updated his web page. And that Terry Barnes is still selling non-existent blimp rides to unsuspecting victims.
Now he has added a new rip-off to his web site - Advertise on a Blimp! He's looking for new victims. Please don't be taken in by this fraud.