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New Goodyear airship named ‘Wingfoot One’

Posted on July 22, 2014
Charlotte White, 76, of Akron, Ohio, provided the winning submission for Goodyear's Name the Blimp Contest. Wingfoot One will be the name of the new Goodyear Blimp and White's winning submission earned her a day of activities with the Goodyear Blimp.

Charlotte White, 76, of Akron, Ohio, provided the winning submission for Goodyear's Name the Blimp Contest. Wingfoot One will be the name of the new Goodyear Blimp and White's winning submission earned her a day of activities with the Goodyear Blimp.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced that Wingfoot One is the name of the company’s newest airship, a semi-rigid, Zeppelin model LZ N07-101 assembled at Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake airship hangar and unveiled in March, 2014.

Wingfoot One was selected from nearly 15,000 names submitted in an online public contest that started four months ago. A panel of Goodyear judges narrowed the submissions to 10 finalists before a final round of public voting determined the name of the newest addition to the Goodyear fleet of airships.

With nearly 35% of the public vote, Wingfoot One received the most votes of the 10 finalists, and will take its place in Goodyear airship history as the name connected with the first of a new generation of state-of-art airships.

Wingfoot One was submitted by Akron, Ohio, resident Charlotte White who will receive a day of activities with Wingfoot One. The other nine finalists who submitted names will receive a set of Goodyear tires.

“Seventy six years of living in Akron and I never got to ride on the blimp,” said White, whose stepfather retired from Goodyear. “I'm just thrilled to win the contest. I never thought it could happen. I can't wait to ride it.”

Goodyear’s use of the Wingfoot trademark dates back to 1901 when the company first used it in advertising to promote the launch of its new Straight Side tire. Inspired by a statue of the Roman god Mercury in his home, Goodyear co-founder Frank Seiberling conceived of the idea of using the Wingfoot trade mark as a symbol of the company’s global ambitions.

“The Wingfoot symbol has played a prominent role in defining the Goodyear brand for more than a century,” said Paul Fitzhenry, senior vice president, global communications. “The name Wingfoot One makes an ideal connection between our trusted, global brand and our iconic airships.”

The new blimp is in the final stages of flight testing and will be officially christened in a ceremony to be held in August. After the christening, Wingfoot One will travel the United States and take its place as a fixture over the country’s biggest sporting, news and entertainment events.

Related Topics: Charlotte White, Goodyear blimp, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Paul Fitzhenry, Wingfoot One

Comments ( 1 )
  • Robert

     | about 3 years ago

    As A member of LTA651.t NAS Akron, I would like to board this ship

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