'WingFoot One' - Latest Goodyear Blimp Commissioned

By: WKYC / NBC News Channel
By: WKYC / NBC News Channel
The newest Goodyear blimp was christened and took to the sky in the Akron area Saturday.

Construction of a new Goodyear NT blimp is seen inside the Wingfoot Lake Hangar in Suffield Twp., OH. The new airship features an aluminum and carbon fiber frame beneath the envelope. Volume of the gas the blimp can hold is 297,527 cubic feet. According to a release, the new airships will be faster, longer, and more maneuverable. (Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer)

The newest Goodyear blimp was christened and took to the sky in the Akron area Saturday.

'Wingfoot One' is the third blimp in Goodyear’s current fleet.

It includes the first major structural airship design change in nearly 70 years.

'Wingfoot One' has advanced avionics, flies faster and can hover in one spot.

Goodyear says two more advanced blimps will replace the older models currently in service over the next four years.


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