Goodyear's new state-of-the-art airship makes its first flight

Goodyear's new state-of-the-art airship makes its first flight
March 20, 2014
Goodyear's new state-of-the-art airship makes its first flight
The Goodyear blimp may have been flying around for almost 90 years, but it still manages to turn heads.

March 20, 2014
By David Szondy
GizMag.com

On Friday, there was another reason to look beyond nostalgia for the days of the great airships of old as Goodyear unveiled its new state-of-the-art blimp to the media, Goodyear associates and dealers at its Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield, Ohio. Built in partnership with the Zeppelin company, the new craft that replaces the 45-year old GZ-20 blimp fleet is not only larger and faster, it isn’t even a blimp, but a semi-rigid airship.

Goodyear has been flying its famous blimp at sporting events and other public exhibitions to televise games, drum up publicity for the company, and raise money for local charities since 1925, and it’s gone through a number of design changes, but the version unveiled last week is the most radical re-engineering of the airship yet.

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