Did you know that the very first Goodyear blimps were made by the US Navy? That blimps use 2 airplane engines? Find out all this and more with our blimp fact sheet. And find out even more at the Goodyear Blimp dedicated website.
The blimp in action
This year, two blimps -- The Spirit of Safety I and II -- will travel through Europe. Watch the making of the Spirits of Safety.
There are three types of blimp ships, with different shapes and structures and different places in history.
Non-rigid airships are Goodyear's only operating blimps today. They maintain their shape with the helium gas. In fact, the only solid parts of the airship are the passenger car and tail fins.
Did you know? These airships have no internal framework.
Semi-rigid airships are ships used in the early 20th century. Unlike the non-rigid blimps, they have a partial framework, a keel, built underneath the inflatable part of the blimp.
Did you know? General Umberto Nobile used a semi rigid airship for his attempt to reach the North Pole.
Rigid airships are those with a solid internal frame, that supports the entire structure. For ships longer than 120 meters, this is the best kind of structure for them - for smaller ships, the solid structure would be too heavy.
Did you know? The Zeppelin blimps and U.S.S. Akron are rigid blimps.
Inside the blimp
There's more than just helium inside the Goodyear Blimp. It's made up of over 22 parts. From the nose to the tail, we'll tell you what's really inside the blimp.
The blimp doesn't just float either. From rudder pedals to radio controls, the blimp has as many controls as an airplane.
Of the more interesting controls is the elevator wheel- a large wheel next to the pilot's seat that controls the up and down direction of the blimp -- and three tubes of liquid, called the liquid manometer that measure the pressure inside the helium balloon.