Created on Saturday, 15 March 2014 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The next generation of the well-known Goodyear blimp is getting ready to take flight as the Ohio-based company retires its current fleet of airships.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says the helium-filled airship unveiled Friday at an Akron-area hangar is bigger, quicker and more maneuverable than earlier blimps. The company says it will provide a longer flight range and better aerial broadcast capabilities for event coverage.
The new blimp is 246 feet long and has a silver balloon-like body emblazoned with Goodyear's yellow logo on a blue background. It is scheduled to start test flights in northeast Ohio this month and go into service in the summer.
Before then, it needs one more component: a name. Goodyear is collecting suggestions through a naming contest on its website until April 4.