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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012: The Goodyear Blimp

By Fred Harl
What is a sporting event (or in this case an aero-sport extravaganza) without the eye in the sky Goodyear Blimp?  Not to worry - the "Spirit of Goodyear" GZ-20A was over the field for a few days, giving rides to a select few winners of the sweepstakes held during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.   The "Spirit of Goodyear" is named in honor of the employees of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and was christened in 2000 by astronaut the late Sally Ride.  The blimp carries the EagleVision lighting system that provides high-resolution displays.  It is noticeably smaller than the Farmer's Insurance Zeppelin dirigible that was flying at last year's AirVenture, but no less iconic.  Here are some views of the Goodyear blimp as it flew over the tower area near the end of its visit:

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