Meet the new Goodyear blimp — er, airship: Subsequent-generation airship is built by Goodyear and Zeppelin

Following-generation airship is constructed by Goodyear and Zeppelin



Goodyear Blimp Photo by: Goodyear

The new Goodyear blimp will be testing in excess of the coming days to put together for FAA certification. Photo by Goodyear.

Goodyear Blimp Photo by: Goodyear

The new Goodyear blimp features 3 engines that are vector capable to boost maneuverability. Photo by Goodyear.

Goodyear Blimp Photo by: Goodyear

The new Goodyear blimp is roughly 50 feet longer than the previous blimp. Photograph by Goodyear.

Goodyear Blimp Photo by: Goodyear

The management center functions a glass from versus the steam gauges utilized in earlier models. Photograph by Goodyear.

Goodyear Blimp Photo by: Goodyear

The new Goodyear blimp even sports a set of Goodyear aviation tires. Photograph by Goodyear.

Goodyear Blimp Photo by: Goodyear

The gondola of the new Goodyear blimp has as capability of 12 passengers and 2 crew members. Photograph by Goodyear.

A new blimp comes close to only as soon as in a even though, and Goodyear slowly changing its fleet is trigger for fanfare. These new airships, as nevertheless unnamed, will fly farther, go more quickly and carry more people than ever ahead of — and none of it would be possible with out help from the Germans.

This newest airship is a collaboration among Goodyear and ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik — yes, of that Zeppelin fame — and the partnership has historical precedent. In 1923, the 2 organizations merged into the aptly named Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation, which built the USS Macon and Akron, 2 of the greatest flying machines in the globe, for the U.S. Navy, along with hundreds of other blimps and airships.

Planet War II put an end to all that. But decades later, the American military is considering a fleet of hefty-lift airships for cargo delivery to anyplace in the planet. Goodyear is yet again developing airships — semi-rigid airships, in fact — with a firm that bears Count Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin’;s title.

A group of German and American engineers began constructing the new airships at a Wingfoot Lake, Ohio hangar in March 2013. The new airship is a newer and considerably-enhanced version of the Zeppelin NT, which made its maiden flight in 1997. At 246 feet, it is 50 feet longer than the present blimps Spirit of Goodyear, Spirit of America and Spirit of Innovation.

The new Goodyear blimp can whisk away 12 passengers at speeds of 73 mph up to 8,500 feet — but it will largely travel around forty mph at a leisurely altitude of close to 1,000 feet. Instead of the 2 Continental boxer engines that electrical power the existing Spirit of America, the new Goodyear airship has 3 engines controlled by a fly-by-wire method that will let it a lot more precision flying and the potential to hover like a helicopter — all the far better for the sports events it broadcasts. The 3 Lycoming engines on the new airship give 200 hp every single — just a tad shy of the earlier blimp’;s Continentals, but the added engine means nearly 600 mixed hp. The semi-rigid construction, a departure from the existing blimps, implies that we’;ll have to go back and exchange all mentions of the word “blimp” with the far more exact term “airship,” in spite of Goodyear’;s personal phrasing.

Goodyear plans to exchange all 3 blimps with the new Zeppelin-collaborated airships by 2018. The 2nd one will exchange California’;s Spirit of America (and the Official Bird of Redondo Seashore, Calif.,) in 2 many years. The last 1 will head to Akron, Ohio. This 1st blimp will undergo a month of test flights in Ohio before going to Florida if rumors demonstrate to be correct. The Spirit of Goodyear was decommissioned after the Daytona 500 this year.

You can join in to give the blimp a identify, also — a contest is open to anyone who considers “the storied history and tradition of the Goodyear Airship,” and “the grace and majesty of lighter-than-air flight.” Grand prize: a trip in the airship that the fortunate contest winner has successfully named. No 1990s rap lyrics, no references to Firestone. Our suggestion of “Blimpy Boy” has as yet gone unheeded.

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