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The Goodyear Blimp is an icon for the Rubber City. Frequently, throughout the year the Goodyear Blimp will take flight and pass over our house (it drives our dog nuts when he's in the backyard with me - he jumps and barks at it). As you know, Goodyear Blimps also spend much time hovering over nationwide sporting events.

The blimps' primary construction, storage and launching site is at Wingfoot Lake in Suffield Township by Akron, Ohio. However, they also frequently launch near the Lockheed-Martin complex and Akron Airport on the southeast side of Akron. To my knowledge, one blimp, the Spirit of Goodyear, is currently located at Wingfoot Lake and two additional blimps are located at Rodondo Beach, California and Pompano Beach, Florida.

The first Goodyear Blimp was built in 1925 and was a symbol of Goodyear Tire's prominence. Since then the company has gone on to build over 300 airships to serve a myriad of purposes, including in times of war.

If you are visiting Akron keep your eyes to the sky and you may just never know, you might catch a close-up view of a Goodyear Blimp.

Website: http://www.goodyearblimp.com/index.html

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  • Written Dec 3, 2006
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