The Federal Aviation Administration in the United States has given its blessing to the Zeppelin series selected by Goodyear to replace its blimp fleet. The FAA approval of the LZ N07-101 series follows certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency in Europe in August. The LZ N07-101 replaces the LZ N07-100 series, and in 2011 Goodyear ordered the first three airships from the new series. Goodyear Zeppelin number one. The first of these has been named Wingfoot One and undertook its maiden flight on 17 March. Parts for the second Goodyear Zeppelin have already started arriving at Goodyear’s airship hangar in Wingfoot Lake, and assembly is scheduled to commence in January 2015. It will take to the air at the start of the 2016 season.
If you haven’t paid much attention to Goodyear Tire & Rubber’s corporate logo in the past, you may be surprised to find it resembles a basketball shoe that has sprouted wings. Goodyear calls its logo the Wingfoot and it will – in name at least – now take to the skies. On 21 July, Goodyear Tire & Rubber announced that the name Wingfoot One has been selected for its newest airship.