Goodyear Retires Spirit of Innovation

Source: Goodyear Blimp – goodyearblimp.com

Goodyear formally retired its last GZ-20 model blimp, Spirit of Innovation, on March 14, 2017. Goodyear honored the tradition of the blimps, preserving many of the parts for historical display. The retirement continues the transition to a wholly modern fleet of Goodyear Blimps.

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Zero 2 Infinity Successfully Launches Its First Rocket from the Edge of Space

Source: Digital Journal – digitaljournal.com

This milestone opens the door for safer and more efficient Space access for small satellites

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Local history: 100 Years Ago, Goodrich Built Blimps Too

Source: Akron Beacon Journal – ohio.com

By Mark J. Price – Beacon Journal staff writer

Akron added an important word to its lexicon 100 years ago.

Dr. William C. Geer, vice president of the B.F. Goodrich Co., called a staff meeting in 1917 to announce the exciting news that the Akron company would bid on a blimp contract for the U.S. Navy.

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AAIB investigation to HAV Airlander 10, G-PHRG

Source: Air Accidents Investigation Branch – www.gov.uk/aaib-reports

From:                        Air Accidents Investigation Branch

Published:                9 March 2017

Date of occurrence:  24 August 2016

Aircraft category:     Sport aviation and balloons

Report type:             Bulletin – Correspondence investigation

Aircraft type:           HAV Airlander 10

Location:                  Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire

Registration:             G-PHRG

Hard landing during test flight, Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire, 24 August 2016.

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Clouds in a Bag: 18th and 19th Century Ballooning on Display at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Source: Loudon Times-Mirror – loudountimes.com

By Sophie Desmond

A sheep, a rooster and a duck go for a balloon ride.

That was the scene at Versailles on Sept. 19, 1783. Placed in a wicker crate, the animals were the first living creatures ever to fly when Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier demonstrated their new invention: the hot air balloon.

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