CARSON, Calif. — Wingfoot Two has a new home.
In the early morning hours of Dec. 13, Goodyear installed a new inflatable hangar at its Carson base, located near the I-405 freeway. It will serve as the hangar for Wingfoot Two, the newest blimp in Goodyear's fleet of airships. It has been operating out of Los Angeles since October.
"The Goodyear Blimp has been a fixture in the skies over Los Angeles for a half century and the new hangar gives us a highly visible presence on the ground along one of the busiest highways in the country," said Paul Fitzhenry, Goodyear's senior vice president and chief communications officer.
The hangar, which was manufactured for Goodyear by inflatable structure specialist Lindstrand Technologies Ltd., is as long as a football field (337 feet) and stands nine stories tall, Goodyear said.
United Kingdom-based Lindstrand has constructed more than 200 high-tech inflatable structures, including airline hangars, airline terminal roofs and structures on military bases.