Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Question of the Week

Allen, Englewood, CO
Subj: Full of hot air
It seems like the Goodyear Blimp is visible in nearly every football game you watch. When did the company launch its first blimp?

The tradition began in 1925 when Goodyear took a simple helium-filled vessel named The Pilgrim on its maiden voyage. The company has since built more than 300 airships, many of which were used by the U.S. Navy during WWII to escort battleships. In addition to being featured at football games, the Goodyear Blimp has also been in a number of blockbuster films including Scarface, Flight of the Navigator and the original 1974 version of Gone in 60 Seconds.