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It’s here! Goodyear’s next-generation blimp arrives in Southern California

By in Press Enterprise on October 26, 2017

By City News Service

Goodyear’s next-generation blimp and its crew arrived in Los Angeles today, completing a 2,600-mile, 10-state. three-week cross-country trip from Ohio to California.

Wingfoot Two will stay a few weeks at Long Beach Airport before going to its permanent home at Goodyear’s airship base in nearby Carson. The airship, actually a zeppelin NT, succeeds Goodyear’s last blimp, the Spirit of Innovation, which first flew in 2006 and was decommissioned and dismantled in March.

Wingfoot Two will provide aerial coverage for the Clippers game on Nov. 1, BlizzCon on Nov. 3, the Arizona-USC college football game on Nov. 4, and coverage of both the Clippers and Lakers home games on Nov. 5, Goodyear announced.

The new Goodyear blimp Wingfoot Two flies over the South Bay Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, as it makes its way from Akron, Ohio, to Long Beach Airport, where it will temporarily operate as construction upgrades are completed at Goodyear’s airship base in Carson. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

“We are very excited to introduce Wingfoot Two to her new home in Southern California after a great trip creating new fans across the country,” said pilot-in-charge Matthew St. John. “We are honored to carry on our role as an aerial ambassador for Goodyear with this new generation of Goodyear blimp.”

Goodyear blimps have flown the California skies for more than 90 years, providing aerial coverage of many of the most-watched sports, entertainment and news events. Notable events include the first-ever live aerial feed to a transcontinental telecast over the 1955 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl, the 1984 Summer Olympics, the Academy Awards red carpet arrivals, the 2015 Special Olympics and numerous Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, Galaxy, Kings, USC and UCLA games.

At more than 246 feet long, Wingfoot Two stretches nearly the length of a football field. The blimp’s top speed is 73 mph.

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