After building blimps for almost 100 years, Goodyear’s teaming up with Ze Germans and canning their three blips for a fleet of Teutonic zeppelins set to go into operation in 2013. The zeppelins will be longer, fly faster, and hold more people. None of which will help make it anything but a more novel way of providing a stadium shot before football and baseball telecasts go to commercial.
There’s something a little bothersome about switching over control of our painfully slow sky-based technology to a company named ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik, successor to the company behind the original Zeppelin airships/warships. Or maybe my xenophobia is masking my displeasure with Goodyear stealing my blimp.
We had a blimp hanger and, driving down Interstate 45, I’d often see the Goodyear Blimp “America” landing and taking off. At school we’d stare skyward, mouths agape, as the mighty silver missile transit un-missilelike across the atmosphere.
And then it was gone. Before I even had a chance to ride in it.
We don't have an image of what the new blimp will look like, but perhaps it'll look like the image to the right.
(Hat tip to TheTick247)
Photo credit: Larry Reese/Chronicle, FX, AP Photo/Jeff Glidde
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