VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) – In a rare spectacle that captivated residents of the Victor Valley, the Goodyear Blimp soared over the region, following its departure from Las Vegas on Saturday.
Many residents captured photographs of the airship as it traversed the clear sky, making it visible from Victorville, Hesperia, Phelan, Apple Valley, and the Cajon Pass, sparking excitement among locals, with many expressing astonishment at witnessing the historic blimp in person for the first time.
The Goodyear Blimp left Las Vegas following the companies debut at CES this weekend, a yearly trade show hosted by the Consumer Technology Association. This was Goodyear’s first time ever at the event showcasing the latest tire technology on the global stage for innovation.
The Goodyear Blimp, an enduring symbol of innovation and tradition, has been a fixture in the California skies for over 90 years, providing unparalleled aerial coverage of esteemed sporting, entertainment, and news events.
Notable highlights in the blimp’s distinguished history include providing the first-ever live aerial feed to a transcontinental telecast during the 1955 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl, as well as offering captivating aerial views of prominent events such as the 1984 Summer Olympics, the Academy Awards, and various major league sports games.
Measuring over 246 feet in length, the majestic Wingfoot Two boasts impressive maneuverability, attaining a top speed of 73 miles per hour. Boasting a robust aluminum and carbon fiber semi-rigid frame, the blimp’s envelope can hold nearly 300,000 cubic feet of helium, equivalent to over 25 million baseballs. As a testament to the legacy of the Goodyear Blimp, the company has constructed over 300 lighter-than-air vehicles since 1917, delivering unparalleled public relations and military support.
Recognized as a global leader in the tire industry, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, which operates the iconic blimps, maintains a steadfast commitment to pioneering cutting-edge products and services. With over 65,000 employees and 47 manufacturing facilities spanning 21 countries worldwide, the company’s two Innovation Centers in Ohio and Luxembourg remain dedicated to setting new standards in technology and performance.
For enthusiasts and curious onlookers, the enduring legacy of the Goodyear Blimp continues to resonate, fostering a deep appreciation for the timeless allure and unwavering presence of this iconic airship in the skies above California.
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