Current Blimps

Select a Blimp Below to Learn More:

Wingfoot One

Wingfoot One:
Launched in 2014, Wingfoot One is the first of a new generation of Goodyear Blimps built on the NT (New Technology) platform. The first semi-rigid airship ever constructed at Wingfoot Lake in Suffield, Ohio, it is now based in Pompano Beach, Florida. Since it first took flight, Wingfoot One has provided aerial coverage of numerous marquee events, including the NBA Finals, the Daytona 500, the Stanley Cup Finals, the PGA Championship and the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Wingfoot Two

Wingfoot Two:
Based in Carson, California, Wingfoot Two has traveled the West Coast since arriving in 2017. With appearances at the NBA Finals, the Oscars, the College Football Playoffs, numerous PGA Tour events and the Rose Parade, it has already established itself as one of California’s iconic sights. Built at Wingfoot Lake in Suffield, Ohio, it is also the first Goodyear Blimp in over 50 years to act as a jump platform for skydivers, when the USAF Academy Wings of Blue skydive team made the historic leap near Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee on Sept. 10, 2016.

Wingfoot Three

Wingfoot Three:
Now flying at Wingfoot Lake in Suffield, Ohio, Wingfoot Three is the newest Goodyear Blimp and marks the completion of our full fleet transition to the NT model. First flown in June 2018, Wingfoot Three continues Goodyear’s nearly 100 year history of excellence and innovation in lighter-than-air aviation, the latest in a legacy of aerial ambassadors recognized throughout the world.

How it's Made

How It's Made Video:

Assembly of Wingfoot One began in March 2013 at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake hangar. An international team of engineers and technicians from Goodyear and Germany's ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik worked side by side to complete the build project. Parts such as the tail fins and gondola were built in Germany and shipped to the U.S. for assembly. The balloon-like body of the airship – the “envelope” – is made of polyester with an innovative film from DuPont™ called Tedlar®, surrounding a semi-rigid internal structure, which differentiates this airship from previous Goodyear blimps.

The timelapse video shows the process from beginning to completion. Enjoy!

Comparison

Blimp Life vs. Everyday Life

Side view of blimp

Blimp christening at the hangar

General

Date of First Flight

2014

1903 (Kitty Hawk, NC)

Overall Length

246.4 feet

Over 82% of a football field

Maximum Width

64.79 feet

Length of 2.5 London double-decker busses

Maximum Envelope Width

46.45 feet

Length of 7 king-size beds

Overall Height

57.57 feet

Taller than 8 pro basketball players

Internal Framework

Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Trusses

Same as many top-of-the-line sportscars

Envelope

Envelope Material

Polyurethane, Polyester and Tedlar film

Imagine a weather-resistant, super-strong spandex

Envelope Volume

297,527 cubic feet

14 million large coffees

Envelope Life

10 years+

About as long as the average car on the road

Maximum Weight
(without Helium)

19,780 pounds

As heavy as 25,700 cans of soup

Maximum Speed

73 miles per hour

As fast as a Category 1 hurricane

Gondola

Gondola Seating1

Up to 14

An entire professional basketball team

Gondola Weight Empty

2,626 pounds

As heavy as 410 bricks

Signage

Pixels

12,384

227% more than previous

Pixel Density

13.6 per sq. ft

377% higher than previous

Physics

Static Lift

2,940 pounds

Almost 10,000 D batteries

Maximum Dynamic Lift

1,102 pounds

Weight of a Thoroughbred race horse

Total Usable Lift

4,042 pounds

1.25 NASCAR race cars

Engines

Number and Type of Engines

3 Vectored

Simply put: no comparison

Engine Horsepower

200 each

Almost as much total horsepower as a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Endurance

24-40 hours2

Up to 2.5 times longer than the first transatlantic flight

Noise Level Inside and Outside of Gondola

64/69.43 decibels

As quiet inside as most passenger cars at highway speeds

1Seating configuration for the new Goodyear blimp is subject to adjustment as assignments and lift conditions vary.
2Based on cruise power, maximum fuel load and optimum atmospheric conditions. Maximum endurance is in conjunction with optional extended range kit.
3External noise level at 1,000 feet AGL at maximum continuous power on all engines. Measurement according to ICAO Annex 16, Vol. 1, Chapter VI.
All data compiled from FAA and EASA (European) government type certificate data sheets, manufacturer's manuals and website specifics. All technical data of the New Goodyear Blimp refer to the Zeppelin model LZ N07-101.
Blimp Facts: Science & Technology
Without its lifting gas, an empty Blimp weighs almost 20,000 lbs. Once inflated with helium and after accounting for fuel, payload and ballast, it usually weighs in at 100-200 lbs.