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Goodyear christens newest blimp "Wingfoot One"

The newest Goodyear blimp, Wingfoot One (Source: Goodyear) The newest Goodyear blimp, Wingfoot One (Source: Goodyear)
Good Morning America's Robin Roberts christened the newest Goodyear blimp. (Source: Goodyear) Good Morning America's Robin Roberts christened the newest Goodyear blimp. (Source: Goodyear)
Fun in the sun for event attendees at the Wingfoot One christening ceremony. (Source: Goodyear) Fun in the sun for event attendees at the Wingfoot One christening ceremony. (Source: Goodyear)
Event attendees at the Wingfoot One christening ceremony. (Source: Goodyear) Event attendees at the Wingfoot One christening ceremony. (Source: Goodyear)
SUFFIELD, OH (WOIO) -

 

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's newest blimp – Wingfoot One – was christened on Saturday, August 23, in Suffield, Ohio, and who had the honor?  Robin Roberts, co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” long-time ESPN sportscaster and author.

Roberts joins a list of accomplished women who have christened previous Goodyear blimps, including astronaut Dr. Sally Ride (2000) and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (1929). 

 

"This is incredibly meaningful to my family," said Roberts. "My great grandfather moved his family from down south to Akron in 1918 to work for Goodyear. Never could he have imagined that one day one of his descendants would be asked to christen the blimp. I'm very honored."

Robert's family ties to Goodyear don't end with her great grandfather, her grandfather, William Tolliver, also worked for the company.

The ceremony took place at the company's Wingfoot Lake hangar, near the global headquarters in Akron.  Roberts will be among the first passengers to fly on Wingfoot One. 

After the christening, Wingfoot One will begin providing regular aerial television coverage of prominent sporting events, including the beginning of the college football season.  Goodyear's aerial coverage of marquee events in 2014 includes the NBA Finals, BCS Championship, Kentucky Derby, 2014 FIFA World Cup and Daytona 500.  Wingfoot One, is described as faster and capable enhancing the blimp's aerial coverage.

Since 1917, Goodyear has built more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles for public relations and defense applications, many built at the Suffield facility. 

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