SUFFIELD, Ohio—Goodyear unveiled its new blimp on March 14 during a media day at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield.
Goodyear officials said the new airship is larger, faster and more maneuverable than previous airships. It is scheduled to begin test flights over Northeast Ohio later this month before going into service in the summer.
“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.”
The Akron-based tire manufacturer is inviting the public to participate in a Goodyear “Name the Blimp” contest. Entrants over 18 years of age in the U.S. may submit a name for the new blimp by visiting www.Goodyear.com/NametheBlimp or www.Facebook.com/GoodyearBlimp.