video of the Spirit of Goodyear at Oshkosh.
of the world’s most recognizable flying machines, the Goodyear blimp, will
once again be visible up-close and in the sky this summer at EAA AirVenture
2008, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” The 56th annual
edition of the EAA fly-in convention will be held July 28-August 3 at Wittman
Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The “Spirit of Goodyear”
airship will again be on-site throughout the week and will be flying regularly
during the festivities. In addition, it will be moored near the EAA AirVenture
Museum’s Pioneer Airport for up-close viewing at other times, giving visitors
a unique view of an aircraft that is commonly seen only from afar.
“The Goodyear blimp was
certainly a favorite draw last year at EAA AirVenture,” said Tom Poberezny,
EAA president and AirVenture chairman. “It was a true traffic-stopper, as we
saw many people pulling their vehicles to the side of the road just to get a
photo of this legendary aircraft.
“It’s great to have the blimp
returning to Oshkosh and it’s very fitting, given Goodyear’s long
association with aviation. The opportunity to see this aircraft flying along
the AirVenture flight line and on the ground is one that should not be missed
Goodyear, a leader in technology
and innovation in the aviation industry, is also happy to announce the return
of the “Spirit of Goodyear” blimp to the greatest show in aviation, EAA
AirVenture 2008 in Oshkosh.
The “Spirit of Goodyear” is
based at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Airship facility in Suffield, Ohio, and often
flies the sky over Goodyear’s headquarters in nearby Akron. The airship was
christened in March 2000, and is 192 feet long and nearly 60 feet tall. It
typically cruises at 30 mph at between 1,000 and 3,000 feet. This particular
blimp is also equipped with lighted sign functions that incorporate more than
In addition to the familiar
nose-to-tail blue panel above the mid-line (equator) of the Spirit of Goodyear
there is a blue panel below the mid-line. This panel is designed to improve the
visibility of the day sign lights. EagleVision, the electronic sign
configuration on the port side, provides high resolution for text, graphics and
Naming its blimps is a very
personal thing to Goodyear. Each name is a proud handle that represents
something important to Goodyear or brings recognition to a proud tradition. The
Spirit of Goodyear was named to honor the employees of the Goodyear Tire &
This airship primarily travels
throughout an area of the United States bordered by the Rocky Mountains to the
west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Gulf of Mexico to the south and
Canada to the north. A Goodyear blimp is not limited to the United States,
however, and may occasionally visit Canada or Mexico.
Additional information is
available at www.goodyearblimp.com.