Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ABC Wednesday *B is for Blimp*



This week, we are on the letter "B" for the really fun and challenging ABC Wednesday meme, and I am excited, because I've truly got a couple "B" photos that fit perfectly!

While I was visiting Ohio, Dad and I went out fishing on Wingfoot Lake, and I was able to snap some photos of the Goodyear Blimp. I grew up watching the Goodyear Blimp fly overhead, but it was, of course, up in the sky. This is the closest I have actually ever been to it, and I felt like a little girl staring in awe at something that was a big part of my childhood.

Ironically, on my flight to Ohio, I sat next to a guy who was returning home after being away for six weeks on business for Goodyear.

Here's some history of the Goodyear Blimps that I found on the Goodyear Blimp website:

"Since 1925, Goodyear blimps have adorned the skies as very visible corporate icons of the world's largest tire and rubber company that began operations in 1898.

In the 1930s, Goodyear built two giant rigid airships for the Navy. Within their envelopes, they had internal metal frames used to maintain their shape. The aircraft measured more than two football fields in length and needed 6.5 million cubic feet of helium to become airborne at its gross weight of more than 400,000 pounds.

The USS Akron and USS Macon were designed as aerial aircraft carriers and could launch and retrieve specially equipped planes while in flight. Although a good concept, sadly, both airships were lost in storms within two years of going into service, effectively ending the era of the rigid airships.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Goodyear built a series of large surveillance airships used to protect merchant fleets along the coast. They also served as early warning radar stations. Some of these airships could stay aloft for more than a week at a time. In fact, an airship of this type still holds the flying endurance record of 11 days in flight. The airship was a Goodyear-built ZPG-2 called the Snow Bird. In March 1957, it flew from Weymouth, Massachusetts, to Europe and Africa and back to Key West, Florida, without refueling or landing.

Today, Goodyear operates three airships in the United States -- the Spirit of America, based in the City of Carson, California; the Spirit of Goodyear, based in Akron, Ohio; and the Spirit of Innovation, based in Pompano Beach, Florida.



"B" is for "Blimp"
(c) Misty DawnS

*** Click on the photos to view them larger ***

I took this photo for comparison of size.
You will see a semi tractor and trailer on the right of the photo.
It gives you an idea of just how massive the Goodyear Blimp is!
(c) Misty DawnS


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11 comments:

photowannabe

Terrific original post. the blimp is really large and thanks for the history on it.

Beverley Baird

Great choice for the week!
I can still remember my dad going on one over 30 years ago! It was huge even then!

Tumblewords:

I've seen them in the air but never on the ground! Great photos!

mrsnesbitt

Great shot of it on the ground - I too have never seen one in that position! Great stuff - I can see why you wanted to share. Memories are good to share.

Denise
ABC Team

Mara

So can you actually get on of these as a passenger?

Roger Owen Green

I'd like to take a ride!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

jay

Quite some size, isn't it? They do seem to have an unlucky history though. Not sure I'd be too happy to ride in one.

Joy

I like the size comparison. Blimps seem to have had a chequered history.
MRF Tyres had a blimp at the Indian Premier League Cricket 2020 competition. There must have been something in the sponsorship that it had to be mentioned every 15 minutes so in the middle of the commentary they would flash to the blimp and say "and there is the MRF blimp". It got everybody saying it with them, LOL.

Joy ABC Wednesday Team

Oz Girl

I do miss hearing the blimp overhead. I lived only a few miles from the big hangar near Rt. 224. My parents had a home right by Wingfoot Lake many years ago... my mom and my son & his wife all live in Ellet these days. I'll probably be going back for a visit in Sept or October..

Love your pics, great close-ups! And it really is amazing how freaking BIG the blimps are!

Skittles

I didn't realize they were so big!

Kerri

Really cool shots!

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