Sunday, September 09, 2012

Piece by piece, Goodyear’s new airship arrives at Wingfoot hangar: Wingfoot Lake Airship Operations Balloonport (4OH6), Akron/Suffield, Ohio

Sep 7, 2012 by Akron Beacon
 Ed Ogden of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. talks about the arrival of the first parts of a new, state-of-the-art Goodyear blimp. Employees will start building the new blimp in early 2013 in Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield Townshjp, Ohio. Its first flight likely will be in early 2014. The new airship will be a semi-rigid Zeppelin, with parts from Germany. For the full story, go to­t-hangar-1.332411Video by Akron Beacon Journal Business Writer Jim Mackinnon, using an Apple iPhone 4.  

SUFFIELD TWP.: A truck carrying the first container of German-made parts for a newer, larger and faster Goodyear airship backed slowly past the Spirit of Goodyear blimp inside the Wingfoot Lake hangar base Thursday afternoon.

Starting in January, those parts — with lots more to come — will be assembled into a state-of-the-art airship. By early 2014, the Spirit of Goodyear and its late 1960s-era design will be retired and taken apart.

The $63 million overhaul of the iconic Goodyear blimp fleet, first announced in May 2011, is under way.

“It’s a new beginning,” said Ed Ogden, who heads public relations for the Spirit of Goodyear.

Almost the entire Wingfoot hangar base turned out to watch the tractor-trailer work its way slowly through the open hangar, then through large doors to a work area for unloading.

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