One of the fun things about living and working in the Akron, Ohio, area, is the frequent sightings of the Goodyear blimps.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is based in Akron, and the company's blimp hangar is just south of the city, in Suffield, Ohio. In most other cities, you see blimps where there's a big sports event in town. In Akron, you see them almost all the time.
On Oct. 21, Akron native Savannah James — a philanthropist also known for being married to basketball superstar LeBron James — christenened Goodyear's newest airship, Wingfoot Two.
Goodyear built and christened its first helium-filled public relations airship, dubbed the Pilgrim, in 1925 and since then has engineered and constructed more than 300 blimps. Erin Pustay Beaven from our Akron-based sister publication Rubber & Plastics News wrote a nice feature about Savannah James and the christening.
I'll take this excuse to post some photos of Wingfoot Two and some details about the new airship — including the plastics used in its construction.
According to Goodyear, Wingfoot Two is one of three technologically advanced blimps to join the fleet, with cutting-edge avionics and flight control systems. Its sister ship, Wingfoot One, was christened in 2014.