Friday the 13th is a Blimp-free day in the UK – but keep an eye out for the airship tomorrow as it heads to Brands Hatch, where it will provide aerial coverage of the British Touring Car Championship on Saturday and Sunday.
Those of you in London and the south of England are advised to look upwards next week, for the Goodyear Blimp is returning to our skies. Goodyear tells us that the Blimp will be above London and the surrounding areas on 11 and 12 May. From there, the icon will travel to Brands Hatch for the second round of the British Touring Car Championship on 14 and 15 May, where it will provide aerial coverage of the race.
This is certainly Italy’s week, and not just on the football pitch. A fortnight after taking in London and Southern England, the Goodyear Blimp is cruising towards Milan and will arrive there on Thursday. In addition to flying over the city, it will provide motorsport fans with aerial coverage of the WEC 6 Hours of Monza on 18 July.
Fingers crossed for good weather over the Channel and southern England today – the Goodyear Blimp is getting ready to head towards the coast after spending yesterday floating above London. Goodyear has tweeted several spectacular views photographed by the pilot, so it is well worth checking @goodyear_uk for more during the course of today. The Blimp’s progress can be followed on Plane Finder.
While you were watching England secure a place in the quarter-finals, Goodyear was sharing news of the Blimp’s whereabouts. The news is positive for those in or around London: Look up at the right time on Wednesday, and it’ll be a very good day. The Goodyear-liveried Zeppelin NT semi-rigid airship is scheduled to go sightseeing in the skies above the capital today.
Bad news for Blimpees – Goodyear called off the Blimp’s flight to the UK yesterday due to unfavourable weather over the English Channel. Tweeting the safety-related decision, Goodyear UK offered a glimmer of hope: “Keep your eyes on the skies later this week when the weather improves, and the Goodyear Blimp will hopefully be seen over London and the surrounding areas.
A Zeppelin is heading London way, but this isn’t the cause for concern it once was – the Zeppelin NT semi-rigid airship will peacefully float over the capital on 29 and 30 June resplendent in its Goodyear livery as part of a tour of Blighty that will also take in towns in Kent such as Dover, Maidstone and Dartford.
Goodyear’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans was marked by two podium finishes and a flyover by the Goodyear Blimp during the race. British squad JOTA finished second in the LMP2 class, while French outfit Panis Racing crossed the line in third. LMP2 is the only category at Le Mans with open tyre competition and Goodyear supplied five of the 24 cars entered. The manufacturer says its two podium finishers are testament to the performance and durability of its tyres.
Some 35 years after its last race appearance on our side of the Atlantic, this summer the Goodyear Blimp will once again be seen at some of Europe’s most prestigious motorsport events. It will celebrate Goodyear’s return to European and international motorsport by accompanying the tyre brand’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans before setting flight to the Nürburgring where it will accompany the WTCR touring car races as part of the Nürburgring 24 Hours race weekend.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the Goodyear Blimp will take flight over Europe. The Goodyear Blimp operating in Europe will be a Goodyear-branded, Zeppelin NT airship, operated by Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH of Friedrichshafen, Germany. This marks the latest chapter in a nearly 100-year relationship between Goodyear and Zeppelin.