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The Goodyear Blimp UK Visit 2022

The Goodyear Blimp returned to UK skies in May 2022, flying over central London visiting iconic landmarks such as the Shard, the Tower of London whilst also taking a scenic sky tour of local areas such as Kent and Essex. The Goodyear Blimp provided ariel coverage of the Brands Hatch British Touring Car Championship round on 14th and 15th May 2022 with live footage shown throughout the day on ITV1 - catching all the exciting twists and turns of the racing action! 

 

Blimp and you'll miss it! Did you get a chance to see the Goodyear Blimp on it's second consecutive year of visiting the UK? Share your videos and pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging us and using the #GoodyearBlimp tag. 



 

Goodyear Blimp 2022 Schedule

 

You’ll be able to see the Goodyear Blimp flying over the south of the UK between 11th-15th May 2022. The Goodyear Blimp is also going to be making an appearance at some iconic motorsport events and some of Europe’s biggest cities throughout 2022. 

You can browse the full Goodyear Blimp 2022 flight schedule here:

LOCATION

DATE


Munich, Germany

29.4. - 1.5.2022


Spa, Belgium

7.5.2022


London, UK

11 - 15.5.2022


Mönchengladbach, Germany

20 - 22.5.2022


Nürburgring, Germany

28.5.2022


Bonn, Germany

2 - 6.6.2022


Le Mans

10 - 12.6.2022


Milan, Italy

9 - 10.7.2022


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Why is the Goodyear Blimp here?

The Goodyear Blimp is in the UK to visit Brands Hatch for the British Touring Car Championship on the 14th and 15th May. The Goodyear Blimp is an icon all over the world and regularly travels to key motorsport events. During its time in the UK, the Goodyear Blimp will fly over lots of well known landmarks including The Shard, The Tower of London and many more.

Alongside key motorsport events, such as the BTCC, the Goodyear Blimp is also here to promote the launch of Goodyear's latest tyre, the ultra-high performance Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6. With superior grip, superb handling and total control in wet and dry this tyre is Ready for Anything. Learn more and find your tyre size using the links below: 



Follow the Goodyear Blimp on Social Media

Share your photos and videos with us on social media using #GoodyearBlimp. We'll be keeping our channels updated regularly with all the best sightings of our iconic Goodyear Blimp as it flies across the UK.

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The History of the Blimp

1917

The very first Goodyear Blimp prototype - the B1 - takes to the skies over Chicago.

1955

Goodyear Blimps first used as aerial platforms to provide a live television picture of a nationally televised program

1967

First Super Bowl played in Los Angeles. Goodyear Blimp Columbia provides live TV coverage.

1973

Europa makes its debut at Le Mans.

1989

A massive earthquake hits San Francisco. The Columbia - filming the third game of baseball's World Series - offers crucial support to the relief effort.

1930

The Goodyear Blimp Defender became the first airship in the world to carry a lighted sign. 

1965

The Goodyear Blimp Mayflower makes a guest appearance in the Beatles film Help!

1972

The Goodyear Blimp fleet goes international with the Europa, first flown from Cardington Airfield, UK and later based in Italy.

1984

For the first time, two blimps work in tandem covering the same event - the Los Angeles Olympics.

2020

The Goodyear Blimp returned to the skies of Europe and was present in the legendary Le Mans 24 hour race.

Take the Virtual Tour

Click the hotspots to explore

The Blimp is 75m long - around the same as two and a half blue whales.
The Blimp has a volume of 8,425 cubic metres. If you wanted to fill it with soda, you’d need 25,530,303 cans.
The Blimp carries two pilots and up to 14 passengers.
The Blimp may be big but it’s so simple to take off and land that it requires just three ground crew.
The Blimp has a maximum speed of 125km/h (78mph) - around the same as the fastest downhill skiers.
The Blimp's ideal cruising height is 300m - that's slightly below the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Our top 5 facts
about the blimp

  1. The Blimp is 75m long - around the same as two and a half blue whales.
  2. The Blimp has a volume of 8,425 cubic meters. If you wanted to fill it with soda, you’d need 25,530,303 cans
  3. The Blimp carries two pilots and up to 14 passengers. 
  4. The Blimp may be big but it’s so simple to take off and land that it requires just three ground crew.
  5. The Blimp has a maximum speed of 125km/h (78mph) - around the same as the fastest downhill skiers.
  6. The Blimp's ideal cruising height is 300m - that's slightly below the top of the Eiffel Tower.

The Best Videos & Images of the Goodyear Blimp

We'll be adding our favourite images of the Goodyear Blimp as it makes its triumphant return but we want yours too. Had a close encounter of the Blimp kind?

Then share it on social with #GoodyearBlimp and we will share our favourite ones on Instagram @goodyeareurope, Facebook @Goodyear.UK and Twitter @Goodyear_UK.



Behind the scenes

Take a privileged peak behind the scenes at the Goodyear Blimp's hangar.

The Cockpit

Goodyear Blimp FAQs

The Goodyear Blimp is 75m long by 17.4m tall with an envelope volume of 8425mᶟ.

The Goodyear Blimp travels at a max speed of 125 km/h at a maximum flight altitude of 3000m. It can travel for a maximum of 22 hours when required. 

There are 4 Goodyear Blimps in total - 3 are in the US including Wingfoot One, Wingfoot Two and Wingfoot Three with the addition of the European Goodyear Blimp.

The Goodyear Blimp is powered by three four-cylinder, 200-horsepower engines which are located on either side of the envelope and at the tail and can propel the airship at speeds of up to 125 Km/h.

The Goodyear Blimp is able to carry passengers on an invitation only basis...follow the Goodyear UK Facebook and Twitter pages to be in with a chance of winning a invitation for the 2022 UK tour. 



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