Have you ever seen a blimp go over head? Maybe you were at a sporting event or a concert. They don’t do much, but they always make you look! Did you know the last of Goodyear’s fleet of blimps was deflated for the final time (Mar 14/17). Gone is a tradition that started in 1925, replaced by something similar.
Goodyear’s familiar blue-and-gold form will still be floating the friendly skies-just in the form of semi-rigid dirigibles.The Wingfoot Two, will appear pretty much the same, but there’s a technical difference between a semi-rigid dirigible, which retains its structure even when the helium is released, and a blimp, which goes flat. The new models are more manoeuvrable, faster, quieter, and larger-at 246 feet, the modern dirigibles are 50 feet longer than the old blimps-and, with three engines instead of two, can hit 70 mph or more. Goodyear still plans to refer to the new airships as “blimps”