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Goodyear Blimp Becomes 'Snow Bird,' Flies South For The Winter

Everything about the new Goodyear NT airship design is larger and more advanced than the current fleet. The current blimp design is 192 ft (58.5 m) long with an envelope volume of 202,700 cu ft (5,735 cu m), while the NT is 246.5 ft (75 m) long with an envelope volume of 297,527 cu ft (8,425 cu m).

During its long operational history, Goodyear has built and operated more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles since 1917, including two large rigid airships – the U.S.S. Macon and U.S.S. Akron. The Goodyear NT is the first semi-rigid airship to be built in the 95-year history of the Wingfoot Lake Hangar.

Goodyear, one of the world's largest tire companies, owns and operates three airships in the United States. They are based in Akron, Pompano Beach, and Carson, Calif.

The company employs about 69,000 people and manufactures its products in 52 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear's blimps and products, go to

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, USA.


Video with caption: "After 13 years of service, the Goodyear Blimp "Spirit of Goodyear" has become a "Snow Bird" and is leaving northeast Ohio's snow and cold for a retirement in the sunshine and warmth of Florida." Video available at:

Image with caption: "The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, USA." Image available at:

SOURCE The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

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