CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2017) — Goodyear plans to upgrade its airship operations base in Carson.
The improvements will include an inflatable hangar for the new Goodyear Blimp Wingfoot Two, scheduled to arrive in Southern California by year-end 2017. The company has flown its blimps for more than 90 years and has operated its base in Carson since 1968.
Since 2014, Goodyear has been transitioning to a state-of-the-art fleet of blimps from its 1970s-era GZ model blimps. The new blimps feature a fresh design with capabilities that include faster speeds, quieter engines, advanced on-board avionics and larger passenger capacity.
Wingfoot One (christened in 2014) and Wingfoot Two (2016), operate in Florida and Ohio. Wingfoot Two will replace the Spirit of Innovation (2006), which is scheduled to retire in March.