"Goodyear exists because Akron had land. Akron had water. Akron had men who knew how to use machine tools," Lieberth said, noting competent machinists were essential for a burgeoning rubber company.
"Akron also had capital. Seiberling could not have started in 1898 so Akron did shape the start of Goodyear."
But, he said, Goodyear also shaped Akron over the last 125 years, building housing for workers, donating land for parks and being a good corporate advocate for the city.
"...Clearly Goodyear helped to shape the city of Akron, providing employment," Lieberth said. "At one time, Goodyear employed more than 70,000 people."
Later in the day, the blimp made another tour over the tire makers global headquarters, as Goodyear President and CEO Rich Kramer celebrated the historic day with Goodyear associates and invited guests with a ceremony.
The blimp, meanwhile, will be airborne again on Thursday, weather permitting, to Goodyear's manufacturing facility in Fayetteville, N.C.. The blimp will be stationed there throughout the holiday weekend, providing aerial coverage of the start of the college football season this weekend.
Goodyear has three blimps across the county; the others are in Pompano Beach, Fla., and Carson, Calif.
And it won't be long until the blimp hits a milestone of its own: Goodyear will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the blimp in 2025.