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Goodyear Unveils Next-generation Blimp, Seeks Name

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March 15, 2014 AT 12:47 PM
The next generation of the Goodyear blimp is getting ready to take flight as the company retires its current fleet of airships. Goodyear says the helium-filled airship unveiled Friday at a hangar in Akron, Ohio 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.