AKRON (March 14, 2014) — Goodyear unveiled its next generation Goodyear Blimp March 14 during a media day event at its Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield, Ohio.
“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, Goodyear. “This airship will offer enhanced aerial television coverage capabilities, increased flight range to cover more events and an unparalleled passenger experience.”
Goodyear said the new airship is larger, faster and more maneuverable than the previous one and is scheduled to begin test flights over Northeast Ohio later this month before going into service in the summer.
Assembly of the new blimp began in March 2013 at its Wingfoot Lake hangar, where an international team of engineers and technicians from Goodyear and Germany's ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik worked side-by-side to complete the build project, according to Goodyear.