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Want to fly on Goodyear's new blimp?

TNS Regional News • Aug 1, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Twenty lucky people will get a chance to fly, for free, on Goodyear’s new state-of-the-art airship, Wingfoot One, at its christening the morning of Aug. 23.

Ten members of the public will be selected at random to fly on Wingfoot One, with each person able to bring one guest on the ride, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced Thursday.

To attend the christening and to be entered into a drawing for a free ride on the new airship, people will need to go to select local Goodyear auto service stores and independent Goodyear tire dealers to obtain wristband/tickets. People will also need to fill out a form to be eligible for the flight drawing. No purchase is necessary.

Goodyear is limiting the number of wristband/tickets to 1,000. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis; each store will get a limited number of wristband/tickets and will not be resupplied once the tickets are gone.

The wristbands will be available Aug. 8 through Aug. 17 at the stores while supplies last.

No parking will be allowed at the site of the christening, the Wingfoot Lake hangar base in Suffield Township, Goodyear said.

Instead, people with wristbands will need to park at Goodyear’s corporate headquarters parking lot. Shuttle buses will take the public to and from the hangar base.

The program starts 8 a.m. Goodyear said it will have children’s activities, food trucks and entertainment.

The christening will begin at 10 a.m.

Robin Roberts, journalist with Good Morning America, will do the christening.

Goodyear Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rich Kramer will also give remarks. In case of bad weather, the ceremony will take place inside the hangar.

The program is scheduled to end at 1 p.m.

Goodyear earlier this year sponsored a contest to name its new semi-rigid airship, which was built at the Suffield Township hangar and flew for the first time in March.

Charlotte White, a 76-year-old Akron resident, picked the winning name out of more than 15,000 that were submitted in the contest.

Wingfoot One is longer, larger and faster and can carry more people than Goodyear’s two other U.S. blimps, the Spirit of Innovation based in Florida and the Spirit of America in California. The new airship, which Goodyear calls the NT, for New Technology, is a modified Zeppelin model LZ N07-101.


By Jim Mackinnon - Akron Beacon Journal (MCT)

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