This airship is the first of a new generation of
Goodyear blimps that will be different in construction,
appearance, and operation than the current fleet of
blimps. The new helium-filled airship is 246 feet long,
more than 50 feet longer than the previous blimps and
just 18 yards shorter than an American football field.
The blimp features a new paint scheme while retaining
Goodyear’s logo and traditional blue and yellow branding
on a silver envelope.
The gondola delivers an unparalleled passenger
experience with seating for up to 12 passengers and with
improved viewing through larger, wrap-around windows,
providing sweeping panoramic views. In addition, a new
interior and seating will add to the ride’s comfort.
The new airship incorporates the latest in on-board
avionics and flight control systems. Whereas pilots of
the previous generation of blimps controlled the
airships’ movements with a manual flight system in use
since 1925, the new ship features custom
Electronic controls work in conjunction with an
on-board computer to regulate engine thrust, up-and-down
movement, and right-and-left movement. Tail fin
operation will be controlled by a joystick device. These
advancements result in more precise operation of the
airship while in flight, on landing, and on take off. In
addition, the new airship has a top speed of 73 miles
per hour, compared to the current maximum of
approximately 50 miles per hour giving the blimp greater
range to cover more events.
February, after 14 years of filling the skies, the
longest continuous operated airship, the “Spirit of
Goodyear” airship retired after the Daytona 500. “The
‘Spirit of Goodyear’ has provided captivating aerial
coverage of the biggest televised events in its 14-year
history including many prominent NASCAR races,” said
Paul Fitzhenry, senior vice president, global
communications. “Sports fans around the globe have seen
the ‘Spirit of Goodyear’s’ aerial coverage and Daytona
was an ideal venue to recognize those contributions.”
Goodyear has not yet nemed its new ship and is
inviting the public to participate in a Goodyear
“Name the Blimp” contest.
One name will be chosen from the entries and
the contest winner will join the Goodyear Blimp for
a day of airship activities.