Akron’s Farewell to the Spirit of Innovation, the Last GZ20A Blimp

Spirit of InnovationSource: Akron Beacon Journal – ohio.com

The Spirit of Innovation, the last of Goodyear’s GZ20A blimps, leaves Wednesday (August 26) morning for its new home base in California. This may be the last opportunity to see an “old school” Goodyear blimp in Akron area skies.

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Goodyear blimp tandem flights are a farewell tour – Schedule change

Picture1Source: Akron Beacon Journal – ohio.com

By Jim Mackinnon

Goodyear blimps …

When to see the tandem flights (times approximate):

  •  Friday: 2 to 4 p.m. The airships will fly over Goodyear’s headquarters, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and Stan Hywet.
  •  Monday: 4 to 6 p.m.
The airships will fly over some Akron public schools, Goodyear’s corporate headquarters and then the LeBron James Family Foundation.

How to tell the two apart:

  • Wingfoot One is larger. It has three engines, one at the rear. Its gondola sits forward under the envelope. It has three tail fins.
  •  The Spirit of Innovation has two engines attached to the gondola, which is centered under the envelope. It has four tail fins.

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Exploring the USS Macon, a Dirigible Aircraft Carrier

Sparrowhawk remainsSource: Nautilus Live – nautiluslive.org

The team of E/V Nautilus explores the USS Macon, a US Navy dirigible aircraft carrier that sank off the central California coast in 1935. The team finds parts of the ship as well as the Sparrowhawk biplanes it carried.

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Large tethered aerostat to make regular appearances over Akron Fulton airport

Feb2009Source: Akron Beacon Journal – ohio.com

By Jim Mackinnon

Lockheed Martin will begin flying a large tethered aerostat – a small blimp – over Akron Fulton International Airport next week.

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Goodyear Blimp “Spirit of America” Retires; Transition to High-tech Fleet continues

Spirit of America 3Source: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. – goodyearblimp.com

  • Carson, Calif.-based GZ-20A Goodyear Blimp “Spirit of America” to retire in August 2015
  • Twin sister ship “Spirit of Innovation” coming to Los Angeles in September 2015
  • New fleet build continues, updated model airship expected in Southern California by 2017

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