DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2017) — U.S. military veteran Paul Siverson took flight Feb. 22 aboard one of Goodyear's iconic airships with a very special guest pilot.
Goodyear teamed up with Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of NASCAR's most recognizable drivers, for the flight, which honored Mr. Siverson's service to his country and his commitment to serving combat veterans. Donning a Goodyear Blimp pilot uniform, Mr. Earnhardt settled in behind the controls and surprised Mr. Siverson once the blimp had taken flight.
"This was such a cool day — being able to co-pilot the Goodyear Blimp and connect with a fan who has so honorably served our country," Mr. Earnhardt said. "I'm proud to be involved with Goodyear. Ever since we started working together, I've wanted to ride in the blimp, so this was a great experience that I will never forget."
It also was an unforgettable experience for Mr. Siverson, a New York native who now lives in North Carolina. Having the chance to fly in the blimp was a rare opportunity for Mr. Siverson, but having the chance to meet Mr. Earnhardt, whom Mr. Siveron calls his "first, second and third favorite" NASCAR driver, was even sweeter.