Last blimp goes flat but Goodyear will still fly

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The last of Goodyear’s fabled fleet of blimps has gone flat, but the company’s flight program will continue.

About two dozen company employees were on hand early Tuesday, March 14, to witness the deflation of California-based “Spirit of Innovation.”

Spokeswoman Priscilla Tasker said crew members yanked a rip line to open a section at the top of the blimp’s gas bag, known as an envelope. It took about two minutes for it to crumple to the ground.

The craft’s historic gondola will be displayed at Goodyear’s Ohio airship base.

Its replacement, “Wingfoot Two,” resembles a blimp but is a semi-rigid dirigible.

The new airships, which don’t go flat when deflated, are faster and more maneuverable.

And Tasker said they’ll still be called blimps. That’s because, well, blimp just sounds better.

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