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Bird's Eye View

May 25, 2013
The Marietta Times
The Goodyear Blimp could be seen flying over Williamstown Friday afternoon. “It came through at the airport about 12:30 p.m. on its way to Charlotte, N.C.,” said Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport manager Terry Moore. “It did not stop here, but it flew over us twice, and the crew noted where they would tie down up here if they ever had to stop here.” Moore said the airport had been contacted by Goodyear officials earlier in the week about the blimp, a helium-filled non-rigid steerable airship, diverting to the valley to avoid high winds. The Akron-based blimp is known as the Spirit of Goodyear and it went about 16 miles out of its way to fly over the Mid-Ohio Valley, which is not a quick or easy feat, Moore said. According to the Goodyear Blimp website, the company’s blimps usually travel at about 35 miles per hour with a top speed of 53 miles per hour.
The Spirit of Goodyear may fly over the Wood County area again on Tuesday, as it will be heading from Charlotte, N.C., to Cleveland for another event.
“I was informed by Goodyear the blimp may divert to our area again, which would be great,” Moore said. “The Goodyear Blimp is probably one of the most widely recognized advertising systems in the world and it is great that they came here for our community.” This was the second time in the six years Moore has managed the airport a blimp has come to the area.
“I can’t remember exactly when it was, but the MetLife blimp stopped here a few years ago,” Moore said. “That blimp was much smaller than the Goodyear craft, which is huge.”


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