Goodyear has revealed plans for major facilities upgrades at its airship operations base in Carson, California. The improvements will include an inflatable hangar for the new Goodyear blimp Wingfoot Two, which is scheduled to arrive in Southern California by the end of the year.
The company has flown its iconic blimps for more than 90 years and has operated its base in Carson since 1968.
Since 2014, Goodyear has been transitioning from its 1970s-era GZ model blimps to a new state-of-the-art fleet of blimps. These feature an entirely new design with capabilities including faster speeds, quieter engines, advanced onboard avionics and larger passenger capacity.
Wingfoot One (christened in 2014) and Wingfoot Two (2016), currently operate in Florida and Ohio. Wingfoot Two will replace the Spirit of Innovation (2006), which is scheduled to retire in March.