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Goodyear Reveals Ten Finalists for Name the Blimp Contest

After receiving nearly 15,000 unique submissions for its national “Name the Blimp” contest, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has selected 10 finalist names for its newest blimp...

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If the ship doesn't let off helium, how does it come down?

In category: Blimp Construction

Inside the envelope are two air chambers called ballonets, one forward and one aft. They can be pumped up with air from the outside or allowed to deflate as the helium expands and contracts. Since air is heavier than helium, inflating or deflating the ballonets will add or subtract weight from the nose or tail, thus trimming the ship. Using the pilot controlled rudder and elevators the ship can fly up or down in the ocean of air and maintain its proper envelope pressure without having to drop ballast or valve off helium. The two hanging scoops behind the propellers are air intakes for the ballonets; the props force air into them when the pilot opens them up. When the ship is on the ground and the engines are off, auxiliary electric blowers automatically maintain the proper pressure in the ballonets.

How big were the Zeppelins compared to the Goodyear blimps?

In category: Historical Questions

The Hindenburg was the largest, and it was 804 feet long, more than four times the length of the larger Goodyear GZ-20. Its gas volume was over six million cubic feet, and it had 242 tons of gross lift, enough to carry itself plus seventy passengers, a crew of sixty, diesel fuel for a transatlantic flight, luggage, some cargo and mail, and twenty tons of water ballast that could be dropped in the event of an emergency descent. It was faster, too, cruising at about eighty miles per hour.

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