first ship to be constructed at Cardington for 7 years in the
guise of the latest constructed Lightship A 60+ in destinctive
"Spirit of Safety"
Above phiotos courtesy of Simon George
new ship has been released from the Cardington production facility.
A new Lightship A60 + from the Operator Goodyear Airship.The Lightship
Group. The main manufacturer of the parts which were assembled
at Cardington being the American Blimp Corporation
Materials: Technologically advanced fabrics enhance UV protection
of the "envelope, which carries the structural load and acts
as the gas" barrier
According to the Goodyear Website, "The search is on to
find the Goodyear Blimps first UK passenger, as the iconic
airship returns to Europe following a 12 year absence.
mark the arrival of the tyre giants corporate airship Spirit
of Safety I on March 21, Goodyear is calling for people to nominate
those they believe are worthy of winning an exclusive flight in
it is a family member, partner, friend or work colleague, Goodyear
is appealing to residents across the nation to suggest those who
go that extra mile and to state reasons as to why they should
be chosen.The competition, which will run for the duration of
the Blimps tour within the UK, will draw weekly winners
awarding them the VIP experience of a flight in the Blimp.
so exciting to be bringing the Goodyear Blimp back to the UK,
said Goodyears marketing director Eddy Geerdink. For
over 80 years, we have used the famous airship as an aerial safety
ambassador and we hope to continue this tradition by using the
Goodyear Blimp to lead on a number of road safety initiatives
in the UK and throughout its European safety tour.
continued: A flight in the Blimp is a once in a lifetime
opportunity and we are confident it will generate a lot of interest
as it tours the country. Im sure it will be a difficult
decision to choose our winners, but were looking forward
to seeing the nominations.
across the globe, the Goodyear Blimp returns to the UK to promote
the brands consumer focus on road safety, leading the way
in a number of safety initiatives and events.
the last decade, Goodyear Blimps have flown over the USA, Brazil
and China, but this news marks the first European tour since 1999.
Between March and October, two Goodyear Blimps named Spirit of
Safety I and Spirit of Safety II will visit 20 countries, with
the tour starting in the UK"
Capacity: 3 plus pilot or 2 adults & 2 small children plus
Camera Capabilities: "Gyro-stabilized camera mounting capabilities,
providing an " excellent platform for television and video
Endurance: 15 hours at cruise
Cruising Speed: 32 mph
Maximum Speed: 55 mph (with winds in favor)
Power: "Twin, 80-horsepower Limbach engines"
Electrical System: "28-volt, 70-amp system with two, 28-volt,
Fuel Capacity: 74 gallons
Fuel Consumption: 4 gallons per hour (cruising)
Maximum Rate of Climb: "1,600 feet per minute"
Operating Area Diameter: 1000 feet
Flight Configuration: "Day / Night, VFR / IFR, Single Pilot"
Ground Crew: Thirteen
details to follow for the ships life and events at Cardington.
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