Goodyear on Friday unveiled its first next-generation blimp in 45 years.
Technically a German-designed zeppelin, the new airship was built at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake facility near Akron, Ohio. Construction took about a year. A zeppelin is a different animal than a blimp -- which has no internal structure nor adjustable rotors. But for marketing purposes, Goodyear has decided to keep calling its airships blimps.
Designed by Germany's ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik, the new blimp is faster, more efficient, and more maneuverable. It is the same type of aircraft that Airship Ventures based out of Moffett Field near San Francisco and flew over much of California and other parts of the United States before going out of business during the recent recession. … Read more