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New Goodyear Airship Takes on a Familiar Shine and Preps for First Flight

2/9/2016

Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

Greater Akron—Goodyear’s second NT, or New Technology, airship has that new car — make that new blimp — smell.  And it looks ready to fly out of the Wingfoot Lake base in Suffield Township, where workers have spent most of 2015 assembling it from parts shipped in from maker Zeppelin in Germany.

But first flight is still maybe a month away — for one thing, the semi-rigid airship is inflated with air, not helium, and remains suspended from the ceiling inside the Portage County hangar.  The unnamed craft is now adorned with the Goodyear corporate name and traditional blue, gold and silver-gray colors recently painted on the envelope skin by workers with Akron painting and construction company Thomarios.

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