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Goodyear Reveals Ten Finalists for Name the Blimp Contest

Posted: 04/18/2014

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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New Goodyear Blimp Takes First Flight

Posted: 03/18/2014

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s newest blimp took to the skies Monday for its maiden flight...

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Goodyear Unveils New State-of-the-Art Blimp...Goodyear reveals larger, faster airship; launches nationwide contest to choose its name

Posted: 03/14/2014

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today unveiled an all-new, state-of-the-art version of its world-famous icon, the Goodyear Blimp...

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Iconic Goodyear Blimp Retires after Daytona 500

Posted: 02/24/2014

After 14 years of filling the skies, the “Spirit of Goodyear” airship retired after the Daytona 500...

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Goodyear Blimp Innovator Honored

Posted: 12/17/2013

Mickey Wittman, known as the “father of sports aerial broadcasting” for his work in developing the Goodyear blimp’s role in sports television, will be inducted in to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame here tonight...

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In Broadcast First, Two Goodyear Blimps to Provide Aerial Television Coverage of Same Game

Posted: 11/07/2013

For the first time ever, two Goodyear blimps will simultaneously provide live aerial television coverage of a sporting event as they circle overhead Miami’s SunLife stadium for ESPN’s coverage, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, of the November 9 NCAA football matchup between Virginia Tech and Miami...

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The Tale of the Goodyear Ghost

Posted: 10/30/2013

In early World War II, the Navy blimp L-8 left Moffet Field in California on a routine anti-submarine patrol flight over the Pacific. There were two Naval officers aboard, Lieutenant Cody and Ensign Adams...

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Goodyear Blimp Becomes 'Snow Bird,' Flies South For the Winter

Posted: 10/08/2013

Like many Ohioans, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Akron-based blimp, the Spirit of Goodyear, has become a “Snow Bird” and is leaving northeast Ohio’s snow and cold for a retirement in the sunshine and warmth of Florida...

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Goodyear Joins "It Can Wait" Pledge Campaign to Combat Texting and Driving - Company deploys blimps to carry message to consumers

Posted: 09/18/2013

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced today that its fleet of blimps will exclusively carry messaging on Sept. 19 devoted to It Can Wait, a national education and awareness campaign encouraging people never to text while driving...

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Newest Goodyear Blimp Takes Shape...Construction project for faster, larger airship moves ahead with installation of envelope over rigid internal framework

Posted: 07/12/2013

Goodyear, the best-known tire company in North America, is hard at work on the construction of its newest airship...

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Construction Begins for Newest Goodyear Blimp

Posted: 03/22/2013

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced today that it has begun construction of the first of a new generation of airships to replace its fleet of world famous blimps...

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College Football Fans Get Control of the Goodyear Blimp

Posted: 09/05/2012

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, whose world famous airships have become synonymous with the world’s largest sporting events, is once again joining ESPN SportsNation, providing fans with the opportunity to decide which college football match-up will draw aerial coverage by the iconic Goodyear Blimp and be deemed “Blimpworthy.” ..

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How We Fly

Posted: 08/27/2012

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Will Waller is London-bound! Goodyear Associate to Serve as Team USA's Basketball Captain in 2012 Paralympic Games

Posted: 08/23/2012

Will Waller, director of human resources for global finance & IT, will make a special trip to London this summer. This isn’t just any trip; it’s an amazing chance to represent the United States in the 2012 Paralympic Games as captain of Team USA’s Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team and pursue a Paralympic gold medal.This will be Waller’s second time competing in a Paralympics for wheelchair basketball...

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NBC Olympics Selects Goodyear to Provide Aerial Images of its Coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Posted: 07/19/2012

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Goodyear to provide aerial images of its coverage of the London Olympics. ..

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Mandy Martin Named Assistant Pilot in Charge of Spirit of Innovation

Posted: 06/12/2012

Mandy Martin’s life has recently become a bit more complicated.  Last week, Martin was elevated to the role of Assistant Pilot in Charge of the Spirit of Innovation.  Just weeks prior to that, Martin found out she was pregnant (her and husband, Nick, are expecting a boy in late October). In her new professional capacity, Martin will take on additional leadership responsibilities and in her new personal capacity, she will be taking on infinite responsibilities. "I feel so honored to be a par..

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL FANS GET A ‘SHOT’ TO TAKE CONTROL OF GOODYEAR BLIMP

Posted: 02/21/2012

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, whose world famous airships have become synonymous with big sporting events, is once again joining with ESPN SportsNation to provide fans with the opportunity to decide, via online voting, which college basketball tournament will attract aerial coverage by the iconic Goodyear Blimp and be deemed “Blimpworthy.” ..

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Goodyear, U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Event Huge Success

Posted: 12/13/2011

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the United States Marine Corps Reserve successfully conducted their second annual joint maneuver to benefit the Toys for Tots Foundation at the blimp base in Suffield, Ohio, December 9, 10 and 11. By all measures it was a record breaker in every category...

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Goodyear Blimps, U.S. Marines in Toys for Tots Maneuver

Posted: 12/05/2011

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s three blimps in the United States and the United States Marine Corps Reserve will conduct joint maneuvers to benefit the Toys for Tots Foundation at the company’s airship bases in Ohio, Florida and California this weekend...

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...at Goodyear's historic Wingfoot Lake Hangar!

Posted: 11/30/2011

The Goodyear Blimps' support for Toys for Tots got its start at our hangar in Suffield last year.  Thanks to the great success of that single event, it has set the gold standard for the Spirit of Goodyear's sister ships in California and Florida to match in their own communities this year...

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Carson, CA Blimp Base to Hold Open House Dec. 8-10 in Support of Toys for Tots Campaign

Posted: 11/28/2011

The Carson, CA Goodyear blimp base and the Spirit of America proudly join our sister ships in Akron, OH and Pompano Beach, FL this year in supporting the USMC Reserve’s Toys for Tots Foundation with a festive 3-day Open House on December 8, 9 and 10.   More than 60 Southern California Goodyear tire dealers will join in the Spirit of America’s toy drive, making this year’s event one of the largest local drives in Toys for Tots history...

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Florida Goodyear Blimp Base and U.S. Marines to Host Toys for Tots Drive on Dec. 10 and 11

Posted: 11/28/2011

The Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Goodyear Blimp Base and the Spirit of Innovation – one of three blimps Goodyear employs in the United States – will host a Toys for Tots drive, in conjunction with the U.S...

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Goodyear Blimp Gondola Goes to Smithsonian

Posted: 11/15/2011

SUFFIELD, Ohio, November 14, 2011 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is making another significant gift to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Tuesday - the second in two years - with the donation of the Goodyear blimp gondola, or car C-49.  The C-49 car goes to the Smithsonian on the heels of last year’s donation of a lifeboat used on the 1911 airship, Vaniman’s Akron, which utilized Goodyear’s first airship envelope. “The C-49 is a welcome addition to our collection as it fairl..

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Goodyear Blimp Gondola Goes to Smithsonian

Posted: 11/14/2011

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is making another significant gift to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Tuesday - the second in two years - with the donation of the Goodyear blimp gondola, or car C-49...

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Belanger Elevated to Pilot-in-Charge of Spirit of Innovation

Posted: 08/02/2011

Airships are in Corky Belanger’s blood.  He took his first ride in an airship when he was three months old and his father, Corky Sr., flew with Goodyear for more than 10 years.  Earlier this month, Belanger’s experience with airships came full circle when he was named the Pilot-in-Charge for the Florida-based Spirit of Innovation.  Belanger had served as the Assistant Pilot in Charge for more than a year and his experience and leadership skills make him a natural fit for the new position.  Belan..

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Red Cross Recognizes Goodyear, Chief Health Officer

Posted: 07/12/2011

AKRON, Ohio, July 12, 2011 -- David Plate, CEO of the Northern Ohio Red Cross Blood Services, recently presented Chief Health Officer Brent Pawlecki and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company with the 2010 Top Corporate Blood Donor Award. “From the beginning, Goodyear has been a part of what makes us exist,” Plate said...

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Goodyear Blimps Assist Tornado Relief Effort

Posted: 05/27/2011

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s three North American blimps are assisting the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA with a request for donations to aid those devastated by recent tornados. ..

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Goodyear Blimp and U.S. Marines in Joint Toys For Tots Maneuver

Posted: 11/29/2010

The Goodyear blimp and the United States Marine Corps Reserve will conduct a joint maneuver to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation at the blimp base in Suffield, Ohio on Dec. 3 & 4...

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