The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced that, for the first time in 45 years, it’s got a new blimp. "The new airship is larger, faster, and more maneuverable" than past models, the company said.
The announcement added, " ‘The completion of the new blimp marks the beginning of a new era for our airship program and reflects Goodyear’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of aerial broadcast coverage and support,’ said Paul Fitzhenry, senior vice president, global communications. ‘This airship will offer enhanced aerial television coverage capabilities, increased flight range to cover more events and an unparalleled passenger experience.’"
In conjunction with the unveiling, Goodyear announced the launch of a nationwide contest to name the new blimp. Says the announcement: "Every Goodyear blimp needs a name and, once again, the company is inviting the public to participate in a Goodyear ‘Name the Blimp’ contest. Entrants over 18 years of age in the United States and Washington, DC, can submit a name for the new blimp by visiting www.Goodyear.com/NametheBlimp or www.Facebook.com/GoodyearBlimp. One name will be chosen from the entries and the contest winner will join the Goodyear Blimp for a day of airship activities. In addition, nine runner-up winners will receive a set of Goodyear tires." The contest closes next month, on Friday, April 4.
"Full contest rules, format, and entry form can be found at www.Goodyear.com/NametheBlimp," the announcement notes.
Goodyear has two other blimps, the Spirit of Innovation and the Spirit of America. A third blimp, the Spirit of Goodyear, was retired from service last month. To read all about the Goodyear blimps, you can go to the Goodyear blimp website by clicking here.
Here’s a cool short video Goodyear made that shows the new blimp being made that was shot using time-lapse photography. We found it on YouTube: