Goodyear to launch new blimp

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is set to christen its new airship, launching the next generation of its well-known blimp.

The company said “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts would christen “Wingfoot One” Saturday at its hangar just southeast of Akron.

Goodyear has used the “Wingfoot” symbol for a century, and the airship was assembled at the Wingfoot Lake hangar.

The high-tech, helium-filled craft has a semi-rigid internal structure different from earlier models that raises questions about whether it’s truly a blimp, though Goodyear still refers to it as such. Its silver balloon-like body has Goodyear’s yellow logo on a blue background.

An Akron woman in her 70s suggested the airship’s name in a public contest. She was expected to be among those on hand for the christening.

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