first_imgBy Stuart Grout from Manchester, UK (GoodYear) [CC BY 2.0 ( or CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsIndianapolis, In. — Some motorists may have seen an icon in the sky over the weekend. The Goodyear Blimp landed at the Greenfield Airport Sunday and is expected to liftoff from the Indianapolis Airport this morning around 9 a.m., weather permitting. The blimp is en route from Ohio to Kansas as part of the “2018 Summer Tour.”The airship has a crew of about 20 people.In 2011 Goodyear launched three semi-rigid airships built by Luftschiffbau Zeppelin. The new airships are 246 feet long, 52 feet longer than Goodyear’s old model, the GZ-20. The Zeppelin NT model is also slimmer, has a top speed of 70 miles per hour (versus 50 for the blimp), and has a passenger gondola that seats 12 (compared to seven in the blimp). The gondola also contains a restroom.Both craft are outfitted with LED sign technology Goodyear calls “Eaglevision.” This allows the aircraft to display bright, multi-colored, animated words and images. Goodyear also has blimps operating in other parts of the world. These airships are built and operated by Van Wagner of Orlando, Floridalast_img

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