Goodyear’s New Wingfoot Two Base in Southern California Receives an Upgrade

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    [​IMG] New hanger for the all-new Goodyear Wingfoot 2 was erected in a single night across from the most traveled roadway in all of America.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Dec. 13, 2017

    Goodyear Wingfoot 2

    In flight over Los Angeles, California.​

    Earlier this month, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company inflated its brand new 337-foot-long hangar at its Carson blimp base along the infamous I-405 freeway in Southern California during the overnight hours. The new structure is now the home of Goodyear’s newest blimp, Wingfoot Two, which began operating in Los Angeles in October.

    Stretching a football field in length, the nine-story hangar is the largest inflatable structure of its kind in North America and will protect the company’s new state-of-the-art blimp from the elements.


    The new hangar was manufactured for Goodyear by Lindstrand Technologies, a world leader in designing and building inflatable structures for uses including passenger airline hangars, airline terminal roofs and on military bases. Lindstrand, based in the U.K., has constructed more than 200 high-tech inflatable structures but is perhaps best known as a lighter-than-air manufacturer of aerostats, airships, gas and tethered balloons.

    Building of the all-new Wingfoot fleet

    In October, Goodyear’s newest blimp, Wingfoot Two and its crew, arrived in greater Los Angeles completing a 2,600-mile, 10-state and three-week cross-country tour from Ohio to California.

    Goodyear Blimps have flown the California skies for more than 90 years, providing aerial coverage of many of the most-watched sports, entertainment and news events. Notable events include the first-ever live aerial feed to a transcontinental telecast over the 1955 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl, the 1984 Summer Olympics, the Academy Awards red carpet arrivals, the 2015 Special Olympics and numerous Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, Galaxy, Kings, USC and UCLA games.

    Wingfoot Two by the numbers

    At more than 246 feet long, Wingfoot Two stretches nearly the length of a football field. The blimp’s top speed is 73 miles per hour. Its three vectoring engines allow for excellent maneuverability and an aluminum and carbon fiber semi-rigid frame supports an envelope with the capacity to hold nearly 300,000 cubic feet of helium, the equivalent of more than 25 million baseballs.

    Date of First Flight: 2014

    Overall Length: 246.4 feet
    Maximum Width: 64.79 feet
    Maximum Envelope Width: 46.45 feet
    Overall Height: 57.57 feet
    Internal Framework: Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Trusses
    Envelope Material: Polyurethane, Polyester and Tedlar film
    Envelope Volume: 297,527 cu. ft.
    Envelope Life: 10 years+
    Maximum Weight (without Helium): 19,780 pounds
    Maximum Speed: 73 mph
    Gondola Seating: Up to 14
    Gondola Weight Empty: 2,626 pounds


    Static Lift: 2,940 pounds
    Maximum Dynamic Lift: 1,102 pounds
    Total Usable Lift: 4,042 pounds

    Engines: 3 Vectored
    Engine Horsepower: 200 each

    Endurance: 24-40 hours
    Noise Level Inside and Outside of Gondola: 64/69.43 decibels

    The Goodyear Blimp Fleet History

    Since 1917, Goodyear has built more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles for public relations and U.S. military applications. The company currently operates two technologically advanced Goodyear Blimps—Wingfoot One and Wingfoot Two—in Florida and California. The third blimp to complete the new fleet is under construction at the company’s Wingfoot Lake facility near Akron, Ohio.

    Goodyear blimps have operated out of the Carson California base since 1968. A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Carson base is planned in 2018.

    Goodyear before the blimp


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