Wingfoot One, the latest of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s family of blimps, was unveiled in 2014. Based in Pompano Beach,
Florida, Wingfoot One is the first semi-rigid airship
ever operated by the company, and one of the first new Zeppelin
airships in the United States in decades.
The airship has an internal structure of high strength, lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum, and all the ship’s major components are attached to it. Traditional blimps do not have structures supporting the gaseous envelop inside the structure.
At more than 246 feet long and 57
feet high, the airship can carry up to 14 passengers, and has a top
speed of 75 miles per hour. By comparison, Goodyear’s other two older
airships had a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour and were 190 feet
in length. Three engines power the ship, including a smaller fourth
at the rear of the vessel for steering.