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    Goodyear--No More Blimp

    Goodyear will still have those airships, but, now they are dirigible.

    http://fortune.com/2017/03/14/goodye...-wingfoot-two/

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    Goodyear Dirigible just rolls off your tongue.
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    I'm fine with calling it a "blimp" anyway; it's not like the word is over-used these days.

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    Now that they don't come up for the Indy 500 is there really any need for them anymore? It cracks me up when they show up for a game and gives us aerial shots of a domed stadium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Capua View Post
    Now that they don't come up for the Indy 500 is there really any need for them anymore? It cracks me up when they show up for a game and gives us aerial shots of a domed stadium.
    Just saw one of their airships after the Daytona 500. It was heading south along the shoreline to its base in Pompano Beach, I know it isn't Indy 500 but I think Goodyear has a pretty high profile presence in that other racing series
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidM View Post
    Goodyear Dirigible just rolls off your tongue.
    Heh, from the end of the article:

    The new aircraft, as well as other newer models that will be rolled out at a later date, will still be referred to as blimps. "Because a Goodyear Semi-rigid Dirigible doesn't roll off the tongue," Ogden told the AP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Capua View Post
    Now that they don't come up for the Indy 500 is there really any need for them anymore?
    Do you believe Goodyear built and operated all those blimps over the last many decades just to fly over the Indy 500?
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    Do they still have those electric light readouts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    Just saw one of their airships after the Daytona 500. It was heading south along the shoreline to its base in Pompano Beach, I know it isn't Indy 500 but I think Goodyear has a pretty high profile presence in that other racing series
    I was watching a spring training game the Monday after Daytona and the announcers spotted the blimp flying near the stadium. They were surprised it was flying for a spring training game, but could not come up with a different reason as to why it would be flying down the Atlantic Coast of Florida.
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    All I know is don't let Bruce Dern operate one.



    And don't eff around with Robert Shaw.

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    Speaking of Goodyear and racing:


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    Quote Originally Posted by NoviVespa View Post
    Do they still have those electric light readouts?
    Yes. The digital display array is in an interim form but the plan is to extend it farther along the length of the envelope.



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    Years and years ago, in the summer in Chicago, I remember the Goodyear blimp flying over Chicago. It would give headline news, weather, and of course, a commercial.

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    Are they altitude limited? Never see them here in the west?
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    Maybe they can get the Goodrich blimp to fly over the IMS during the 500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Cobain View Post
    Maybe they can get the Goodrich blimp to fly over the IMS during the 500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ventman View Post
    Are they altitude limited? Never see them here in the west?
    The west ends in Denver?

    7500 ft service altitude per Wikipedia for the old blimp.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodyear_GZ-20

    8255ft for the new ones.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeppelin_NT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    Do you believe Goodyear built and operated all those blimps over the last many decades just to fly over the Indy 500?
    Uuuuhh yeah. Why else would they have built them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by midtown View Post
    The west ends in Denver?

    7500 ft service altitude per Wikipedia for the old blimp.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodyear_GZ-20

    8255ft for the new ones.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeppelin_NT
    Surprised they never flew over Mile High Stadium. Maybe too close to >7500 just a few miles away.

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    Sebring from the Blimp.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidM View Post
    Sebring from the Blimp.

    That's really cool.
    Eff LBD!

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    Sad to see them moving from Ohio. Growing up it was cool to see the blimp flying over just at random times. I enjoyed taking my wife over there and just saying "There's the blimp" like it's no big thing.

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    They used to have one based out of Long Beach.
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    It was a big deal in the 60s to be the first to see the blimp. Other things that were exciting to be the first to see was mountain peaks when heading West out of Kansas, or the Space Needle when heading into Seattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niseguy View Post
    They used to have one based out of Long Beach.
    Not Long Beach. Goodyear's airship base in California is in the city of Carson. It's just north of the 405 freeway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niseguy View Post
    They used to have one based out of Long Beach.
    I remember eating at the 94th Aero Squadron once and observe the event known as landing at Montgomery Field. It was a little gusty
    that day and the scramble for the hold down lines (whatever they're called) was entertaining.
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    Everybody remember when they use to dock it at Weir Cook at the southeast corner of the airport and you could easily see it while passing along I-465?

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    I don't know about everybody, but yes.

    And Big John Gilles or Fred Heckman would get a ride and talk on WIBC about how cool it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gateway Fan View Post
    I was watching a spring training game the Monday after Daytona and the announcers spotted the blimp flying near the stadium. They were surprised it was flying for a spring training game, but could not come up with a different reason as to why it would be flying down the Atlantic Coast of Florida.
    Probably was flying back from Atlanta Motor Speedway.. to Pompano Beach right?

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