Goodyear Blimp Columbia
The Goodyear Blimp Columbia Airship
In 1968, my husband and I had the fun privilege of receiving an offer to ride on the Columbia Goodyear blimp . I say privilege because Goodyear did not offer rides to the public. People who road on the blimp were either special invited guests, company employees and/or family members or it was used for commercial purposes. It was by accident that we even were invited.
We were driving around one afternoon and decided to stop by and visit the site. We didn't expect to get in or anything, but just drive up to its holding dock and get a glimpse. What is crazy is that my husband ended up knowing the pilot, who was at the site that day. They had been in the Air Force Reserves together years back. He invited us to come back at a scheduled date to ride on the blimp. Since this was a one shot deal, we said yes. To make this happen, I had to play hooky from a relatively new job I started. I really did not want to tell them I was sick, but did. I was not going to miss that flight.
When we arrived for the flight, we met the other two people who were scheduled; a women and her son, a boy about 10. So, it was just the six of us in the blimp (co-pilot included). The lady did have a camera, took our picture and mailed it to us. Unfortunately, she did not take a pic of the pilot or the outside of the blimp, just us setting inside. Darn, you can't even tell where we are. It looks like we are in a closet!
But that's ok because we have our memories. The airship left the field from Carson, California, where they still station it today (also one is stationed in Akron, Ohio). The third one is stationed in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Getting to the trip, it was wonderful. You take off very slow. You do feel an up drift and for the most part it is so quiet. All you hear is a slight humming sound of the motor. We got to fly over a good portion of Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles Harbor area, Disneyland and more. You are only up approximately 1,500 feet. The most scary for me was when we came back down to land. Coming in and going over wires, it just seems, you are so close that you will hit them. The scenery was so beautiful from the blimp.
More of "For our safety"! - Government Spying on USA. August 2012
The Pentagon has successfully gotten its football field-size super-spy blimp up in the air and congrats, America - you're in luck! The US Army has completed a test run of its Long-Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle right here in the United States.
Video footage has surfaced of what is believed to be the first domestic test flight of the Pentagon's Long-Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, or LEMV, a space-age surveillance craft that can conduct spy missions high in the sky.
The military did not announce to the public ahead of time that it would be conducting test missions of the surveillance craft, which caused confusion for many civilians who saw the LEMV stay afloat for over an hour. Finally late Tuesday, John H. Cummings, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, confirmed to Gannett that the LEMV did engage in a 90-minute test flight Tuesday evening over Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, just south of Trenton.
Continue: Spy blimp in New Jersey
Manufacturer's of Blimps
The Goodyear Blimp is the collective name for a fleet of blimps operated by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for advertising purposes and for use as a television camera platform for aerial views of sporting events. Goodyear began producing airship envelopes in 1911 and introduced its own blimp, Pilgrim, in 1925.
What Was He Thinking??
JUNE 8 2009
Goodyear Blimp Aerial Coverage at Lucas Oil Off-Road Race June 27th-28th
Publish date: Jun 8, 2009
By: Press Release
Lucas Oil announced that the Goodyear blimp will present aerial coverage for the Lucas Oil Off Road Race in Lake Elsinore, California June 27th and 28th. Often seen flying high over many major national sporting events the presence of the Goodyear blimp represents the continued growth of short course off road racing along with the valued support of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series by the Goodyear Tire Company. The iconic Goodyear blimp, with images from its 360 degree state of the art Gyrocam provides images that will greatly enhance the quality of the Lucas Oil Off-Road television broadcast.
"Goodyear has been a strong supporter of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series from the very beginning," said Lucas Oil Vice President and General Counsel Bob Patison. He continued, "We are appreciative of the collaborative effort by Goodyear and our series sponsors that has allowed the Goodyear blimp to be present at our Lake Elsinore event. Viewing the blimp high above our event will be exciting for the fans, and a great asset to our television coverage."
First Airship Ever Built?
Built in the 1890s. November 3, 1897 (crashed)
The first rigid airship to fly was built in the 1890s. Its skeleton and outer cover were made of aluminum, and it was powered by a 12-horsepower (9-kilowatt) Daimler gas engine connected to three propellers. Designed by David Schwarz, a timber merchant from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it lifted off successfully in a tethered test at Templehof near Berlin, Germany, on November 3, 1897. But its propeller belts broke, the pilot lost control, and the airship crashed.
An Amazon of Blimps
Spirit of America Statistics
Length 192 feet
Width 50 feet
Height 59.5 feet
Volume 202,700 cubic feet
Maximum Gross Weight 12,840 pounds
Maximum Speed 50 mph
Cruise Speed 30 mph
Power Plant Two 210 hp fuel-injected, air-cooled aircraft piston engines
Passengers Six, including pilot
Operating Altitude 1,000 to 3,000 feet (10,000 feet maximum)
Official Goodyear Site
A Different Airship
A Blimp is a non-rigid flying craft usually filled with helium, the lifting gas in the envelope.
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- Bayou City History Blog
Remember the Goodyear Blimp?
- 1975 - The Goodyear Blimp
History on the station of the blimps.
- The Airship Heritage Trust - United Kingdom
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A Blimp of Another Color
July 21, 1919 - Wingfort Air Express (Goodyear) dirigible crashes in Chicago. 13 people were killed.
September 3, 1925 - U.S.S. Shenandoah Navy Ship crashes in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The ZR-1 was 680 feet two inches long and 93 feet two inches tall.
October 5, 1930 - British dirigible crashes in Beauvais, France killing 49 people.
April 4, 1933 - USS Akron (ZRS-4) was a rigid helium-filled airship of the United States Navy that crashed off the New Jersey coast, killing 73 crew and passengers.
May 6, 1937 - Ridid German airship Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed within one minute. Of the 97 on board, 35 died, including one on the ground.
July 8, 1960 - New Jersey Navy Blimp crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. One man was reported dead, 3 injured and 17 missing. The silver ship was 403 ft long and 118 ft. high, the largest of its kind.
December 3, 2003 - Goodyear Blimp @ Los Angeles, CA story - 2 people on board; cameraman was injured.
June 17, 2005 - Goodyear Blimp @ Coral Springs, Florida - 2 people on board were not injured.
Do You Want To Take A Ride In A Blimp?
U.S. Company To Offer Rides On Zeppelin Airship
By Eric Risberg, AP
The Air Ventures Zeppelin flies over the Golden Gate Bridge to complete its cross-country transit flight with the San Francisco skyline in the background on Saturday. The airship, one of only three currently flying anywhere in the world, is the first Zeppelin to fly in the skies over the U.S. in 71 years.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Zeppelins, the giant floating airships used to carry passengers and drop bombs until the 1930s, haven't been seen in American skies for more than 70 years.
Now a California company is bringing the iconic aircraft back to the United States, with plans to offer aerial tours of the San Francisco Bay area in a newly-built zeppelin. It's one of just three in the world - the others are in Germany and Japan.
continued story: By Eric Risberg, AP
Ship Going Down
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