The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Thursday announced plans to upgrade its Airship Operations base in Carson, where it has operated its iconic Goodyear Blimp on the West Coast since 1968.The upgrades will include an inflatable hangar for the new Goodyear Blimp Wingfoot Two, which is scheduled to arrive by the end of the year after the Spirit of Innovation blimp is retired in March.
The company said it has been upgrading its 1970’s-era GZ model blimps — which also operate out of Akron, Ohio and Florida — since 2014 with redesigned ones that are faster and quieter with advanced avionics and a larger passenger capacity.
“At Goodyear, we honor tradition and drive toward innovation,” said Paul Fitzhenry, senior vice president of Goodyear Global Communications. “We are proud to usher in this new era of our world-renowned brand icon and look forward to operating the new blimp in our Carson base.”
The new hangar will be built out of 73 miles of partially translucent polyester fabric. It will be almost nine stories tall and longer than a football field, the company said. It is expected to be finished and in operation by July.
— City News Service
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