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 theGoodyear 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 airshipsare 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 airshipsare 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 airshipsare 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 isthe 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 theliquid manometerthat measure the pressure inside the helium balloon.
- The very first Goodyear Blimp was built in 1917
- The fastest a blimp can fly is 53 miles per hour
- The blimps need 69,000 cubic feet of helium to get off the ground
- The 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger, featured a Goodyear Blimp in the opening titles
- Goodyear blimps usually have 17 crew members and five pilots
- Blimps are made of polyester and rubber
- Between three blimps, there are 7,560 lights
- A CBS producer paid $1000 to use the Goodyear blimp to televise the 1960 Orange Bowl football game in Miami, Florida
- The Goodyear blimp Volunteer flew over the 1932 Olympic games in Los Angeles, broadcasting a bird's eye view.