The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Company typePublic
IndustryManufacturing
FoundedAugust 29, 1898; 125 years ago (1898-08-29)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
FounderFrank Seiberling
Headquarters
Akron, Ohio
,
U.S.
Number of locations
1,240 tire and auto service centers
57 facilities
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Mark Stewart (chairman, president, and CEO)
ProductsTires
RevenueDecrease US$12.32 billion (2020)
Decrease US$−538 Million (2020)
Decrease US$−1.254 billion (2020)
Total assetsDecrease US$16.506 billion (2020)
Total equityIncrease US$5.4 billion (2020)
Number of employees
72,000 (2021[1])
SubsidiariesList of subsidiaries
Websitegoodyear.com
Footnotes / references
[2]

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is an American multinational tire manufacturer headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Goodyear manufactures tires for passenger vehicles, aviation, commercial trucks, military and police vehicles, motorcycles, RVs, race cars, and heavy off-road machinery. It also licenses the Goodyear brand to bicycle tires manufacturers, returning from a break in production between 1976 and 2015.[3] As of 2017, Goodyear is one of the top four tire manufacturers along with Bridgestone (Japan), Michelin (France), and Continental (Germany).[4]

Founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling, the company was named after American Charles Goodyear (1800–1860), inventor of vulcanized rubber. The first Goodyear tires became popular because they were easily detachable and required little maintenance.[5] Though Goodyear had been manufacturing airships and balloons since the early 1900s, the first Goodyear advertising blimp flew in 1925. Today, it is one of the most recognizable advertising icons in America.[6]

The company is the sole tire supplier for NASCAR series and the most successful tire supplier in Formula One history, with more starts, wins, and constructors' championships than any other tire supplier.[7] They pulled out of the sport after the 1998 season. Goodyear was the first global tire manufacturer to enter China when it invested in a tire manufacturing plant in Dalian in 1994. Goodyear was a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average between 1930 and 1999.[8] The company opened a new global headquarters building in Akron in 2013.

History

Goodyear factory buildings and old former headquarters complex
The original Goodyear headquarters in Akron.

Early history 1898–1926

The first Goodyear factory opened in Akron, Ohio, in 1898. The company originally manufactured bicycle and carriage tires, rubber horseshoe pads, and poker chips, and grew with the advent of the automobile.[9]

In 1901, Goodyear founder Frank Seiberling provided Henry Ford with racing tires.[10] In 1903, Goodyear president, chairman and CEO Paul Weeks Litchfield was granted a patent for the first tubeless automobile tire.[11] In 1910, the company purchased an existing rubber factory in Bowmanville, Ontario, in Canada, which expanded their manufacturing outside of the United States for the first time.[12]

In 1916, Litchfield found land in the Phoenix area suitable for growing long-staple cotton, which was needed to reinforce its rubber in tires. The 36,000 acres purchased were controlled by the Southwest Cotton Company, formed with Litchfield as president. (This included land that would develop into the towns of Goodyear and Litchfield Park.)

In 1924, Litchfield forged a joint venture with the German Luftschiffbau Zeppelin Company to form the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation.[13] From the late 1920s to 1940, the company worked with Goodyear to build two Zeppelins in the United States. The partnership continued even when Zeppelin was under Nazi control and only ended after World War II began.[14]

Expansion 1926–1970

Paul Litchfield, inventor of the tubeless car tire who promoted the Zeppelin partnership and later became Goodyear president and board chairman.

On August 5, 1927, Goodyear had its initial public offering and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.[15]

By 1930, Goodyear had pioneered what would later become known as "tundra tires" for smaller aircraft—their so-called low inflation pressure "airwheel" aviation wheel-rim/tire sets were initially available in sizes up to 46 inches (117 cm) in diameter.[16]

Over the next few decades, Goodyear grew to become a multinational corporation. It acquired their rival Kelly-Springfield Tire in 1935. During World War II Goodyear manufactured F4U Corsair fighter planes for the U.S. Military. Goodyear ranked 30th among United States corporations in the value of wartime production contracts.[17] WWII forced the dissolution of the Goodyear-Zeppelin partnership in December 1940. By 1956 they owned and operated a nuclear processing plant in Ohio.

In 1944, Goodyear created a subsidiary in Mexico in a joint venture with Compañía Hulera, S.A. de C.V., Compañía Hulera Goodyear-Oxo, S.A. de C.V. or Goodyear-Oxo.

Radial tire transition

Goodyear is the only one of the five biggest tire firms among US tire manufacturers in 1970 to remain independent into the 21st century. Goodyear's success was partly due to the challenge posed by radial tire technology, and the varied responses.[18] At the time, the entire US tire industry produced the older bias-ply technology. Estimates to fit factories with new machinery and tools for making the new product were between $600 million and $900 million. This was a substantial amount in a low margin business with sales revenue in the low billions.[19] The US market was slowly shifting towards the radial tire, as had already been the case in Europe and Asia. In 1968, Consumer Reports, an influential American magazine, acknowledged the superiority of radial construction, which had been developed in 1946 by Michelin.[19][20]

When Charles J. Pilliod Jr. became CEO in 1974, he faced a major investment decision regarding the radial tire, which today has a market share of nearly 100%.[21] Despite heavy criticism at the time, Pilliod invested heavily in new factories and tooling to build the radial tire.[22] Sam Gibara, who headed Goodyear from 1996 to 2003, has noted that without the action of Pilliod, Goodyear "wouldn't be around today."[22]

Sales for 1969 topped $3 billion. Five years later sales topped $5 billion and Goodyear operated in 34 countries. In 1978, the original Akron plant was converted into a Technical Center for research and design. By 1985, worldwide sales exceeded $10 billion.

Goodyear Aerospace, a holding that developed from the Goodyear Aircraft Company after World War II, designed a supercomputer for NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center in 1979, the MPP. The subsidiary was sold in 1987 to the Loral Corporation as a result of restructuring.

In 1987, Goodyear formed a business partnership with Canadian tire retailer Fountain Tire.[23]

Diversification and Goldsmith affair 1986

In the 1980s, incoming Goodyear CEO Robert E. Mercer argued that the tire and automobile-related businesses that formed the core of Goodyear to that date were slow growing and a handicap. He set a strategy "to get away from the cyclical nature of the automobile business through mergers or purchase of businesses unrelated to tires or vehicles."[24]

In 1983, Goodyear acquired the natural gas company Celeron Corporation in exchange for stock valued at more than $740 million.[24] It went on to invest heavily in gas exploration including the 1,200 mile crude oil "All American" pipeline from California to Texas. The project was initially estimated to cost $600 million[25] but ultimately cost almost $1 billion.[26]

In October 1986 British financier James Goldsmith in conjunction with the investment group Hanson purchased 11.5% of Goodyear's outstanding common stock.[27] This was viewed as a greenmail attack by some, and as shareholder activism by Goldsmith, who viewed the company's move into areas far removed from tire development production and sale as commercially ill-advised and wanted the company to divest, especially, its oil interests which he viewed as depressing the value of the company.[28]

On November 20, 1986, Goodyear acquired all of the stock held by Goldsmith's group (12,549,400 shares) at an above-market price of $49.50 per share.[29] Goodyear also made a tender offer for up to 40 million shares of its stock from other shareholders at $50 per share. The tender offer resulted in Goodyear buying 40,435,764 shares of stock in February 1987.

As a result of the stock buyback, Goodyear took a charge of $224.6 million associated with a massive restructuring plan. It sold its Goodyear Aerospace business to Loral Corporation for $588 million and its motor wheel business to Lemmerz Inc. for $175 million.[30] Two subsidiaries involved in agricultural products, real estate development, and a resort hotel in Arizona were sold for $220.1 million. The company also sold the Celeron gas and oil corporation. In 1998, the All American Pipeline, Celeron Gathering, and Celeron Trading and Transportation were sold, largely completing what Goldsmith's hostile takeover had suggested good management should do. In the years following 1987, the company invested in its tire business. President Tom Barrett succeeded Chairman Robert Mercer in 1989, and began a process of modernizing and expanding Goodyear plants in cities like Lawton, Oklahoma, Napanee, Canada, Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Scottsboro, Alabama.[31] In the 2000s, the move of business into low-wage countries, facilitated by GATT (which Goldsmith had warned government against, calling it "a policy to impoverish"[32]), resulted in plants across North America being shuttered, for instance Cumberland, Maryland; New Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Windsor, Vermont were closed.

1990 to present

Airless tire concept

The last major restructuring of the company took place in 1991. Goodyear hired Stanley Gault, former CEO of Rubbermaid, to expand the company into new markets.[33] The moves resulted in 12,000 employees being laid off.[34]

In 2005, Titan Tire purchased the farm tire business of Goodyear, and manufactures Goodyear agricultural tires under license.[35] This acquisition included the plant in Freeport, Illinois.[35]

In the summer of 2009, the company announced it would close its tire plant in the Philippines as part of a strategy to address uncompetitive manufacturing capacity globally by the end of the third quarter of that year.[36]

Goodyear announced plans to sell the assets of its Latin American off-road tire business to Titan Tire for $98.6 million, including the plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil and a licensing agreement that allows Titan to continue manufacturing under the Goodyear brand. This deal is similar to Titan's 2005 purchase of Goodyear's US farm tire assets.[37][38]

In 2011, more than 70 years after the dissolution of the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation, it is announced that Goodyear will partner with Zeppelin again (the legacy company Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik) to build more zeppelins together.[39]

In 2018, Goodyear and Bridgestone announced the creation of TireHub, a joint wholesale distribution network across the United States.[40] At the same time, Goodyear also announced that it was ending its distribution relationship with American Tire Distributors, which is the largest tire wholesaler in the US.[41]

In 2018, Goodyear was ordered to pay $40.1 million to J. Walter Twidwell, who claimed he developed mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos. After the trial, Goodyear asked the New York Supreme Court for a new trial. Goodyear attorney James Lynch said Goodyear did not receive proper consideration from the jury. Lynch said that the other side's attorneys engaged in character assassinations against expert witnesses. During closing remarks, the attorneys for Twidwell put up a slide with the heads of Goodyear's expert witnesses pasted onto "insulting caricatures."[42]

In December 2018, Goodyear ceased operations in Venezuela due a lack of materials and rising costs resulting from hyperinflation.[43]

In February 2021, Goodyear announced that it will acquire the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company for $2.5 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2021.[44][45]

Timeline

Goodyear Tires advertisement, Syracuse Post-Standard, February 26, 1916

Source:[31]

Corporate structure and leadership

Board of directors

[when?]

Former Board members include Shirley D. Peterson, William J. Contay, James C. Boland and Rodney O'Neal. Mark Stewart is the chief executive officer and president of the company (since 2024), succeeding Richard Kramer.

Subsidiaries

Controversies

Foreign relations with Indonesia in the 1960s

Following the military coup in Indonesia in 1965, the Indonesian president Suharto encouraged Goodyear to return and offered rubber resources and political prisoners as labor. In an NBC special aired in 1967, reporter Ted Yates aired footage showing former Communist rubber union workers escorted at gunpoint to the rubber plantation.

Bad as things are in Indonesia, one positive fact is known. Indonesia has a fabulous potential wealth in natural resources and the New Order [the fascist regime headed by pro-U.S. General Suharto] wants it exploited. So they are returning the private properties expropriated by Sukarno's regime. Goodyear's Sumatran rubber empire is an example. It was seized [by the rubber workers] in retaliation for U.S. aggression in Vietnam in 1965. The rubber workers union was Communist-run, so after the coup many of them were killed or imprisoned. Some of the survivors, you see them here, still work the rubber – but this time as prisoners, and at gunpoint.[56][irrelevant citation]

Pay discrimination lawsuits

Main article: Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated,

Lilly Ledbetter was a supervisor at Goodyear Tire and Rubber's plant in Gadsden, Alabama, from 1979 until her retirement in 1998. For most of those years, she worked as an area manager, a position largely occupied by men. Initially, Ledbetter's salary was in line with the salaries of men performing substantially similar work. Over time, however, her pay slipped in comparison to the pay of male area managers with equal or less seniority. By the end of 1997, Ledbetter was the only woman working as an area manager and the pay discrepancy between Ledbetter and her 15 male counterparts was stark: Ledbetter was paid $3,727 per month; the lowest paid male area manager received $4,286 per month, the highest paid, $5,236.[57]

Lilly Ledbetter sued Goodyear claiming she was paid less than men doing the same work. She won the suit and was awarded $360,000, the jury deciding that Goodyear had clearly engaged in discrimination. The case was appealed to the Supreme Court. In Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 550 U.S. 618 (2007), Justice Alito held for the five-justice majority that employers are protected from lawsuits over race or gender pay discrimination if the claims are based on decisions made by the employer 180 days ago or more. The United States Congress overturned this decision by passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 which was the first bill signed into law by President Obama.[58]

This was a case of statutory rather than constitutional interpretation. The plaintiff in this case, Lilly Ledbetter, characterized her situation as one where "disparate pay is received during the statutory limitations period, but is the result of intentionally discriminatory pay decisions that occurred outside the limitations period." In rejecting Ledbetter's appeal, the Supreme Court said that "she could have, and should have, sued" when the pay decisions were made, instead of waiting beyond the 180-day statutory charging period.

Justice Ginsburg dissented from the opinion of the Court,[57] joined by Justices Stevens, Souter, and Breyer. She argued against applying the 180-day limit to pay discrimination, because discrimination often occurs in small increments over large periods of time. Furthermore, the pay information of fellow workers is typically confidential and unavailable for comparison. Ginsburg argued that pay discrimination is inherently different from adverse actions, such as termination. Adverse actions are obvious, but small pay discrepancy is often difficult to recognize until more than 180 days of the pay change. Ginsburg argued that the broad remedial purpose of the statute was incompatible with the Court's "cramped" interpretation. Her dissent asserted that the employer had been, "Knowingly carrying past pay discrimination forward" during the 180-day charging period, and therefore could be held liable.

Environmental record

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst identified Goodyear as the 19th-largest corporate producer of air pollution in the United States, with roughly 4.16 million lbs of toxins released into the air annually. Major pollutants included sulfuric acid, cobalt compounds, and chlorine.[59] The Center for Public Integrity reports that Goodyear has been named as a potentially responsible party in at least 54 of the nation's Superfund toxic waste sites.[citation needed] On February 8, 2008, Goodyear announced the launch of an environmentally friendly tire produced using a cornstarch-based material. The Goodyear Eagle LS2000 partially replaces the traditional carbon black and silica with filler materials derived from corn starch thanks to "BioTRED compounding technology". The new technology increases the tires "flexibility and resistance to energy loss", which extend the tires life-span and lessen the impact on the environment.[60] Similarly, Goodyear announced on April 22, 2008, that it had joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport Partnership. The transport partnership is an attempt between the truck transportation industry and the EPA to reduce air pollution and greenhouse emissions as well as increase energy efficiency. The SmartWay partnership's tractors and trailers will use Goodyear's Fuel Max linehaul tires that increase fuel efficiency while reducing emissions. According to Goodyear and EPA officials "the fuel-efficient line-haul tires deliver up to 4% improved truck fuel economy, and when used with other SmartWay-qualified components, each 18- wheel tractor and trailer used in long-haul can produce savings of up to 4,000 gallons per year, or more than $11,000 annually."[61]

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges

On February 24, 2015, Goodyear agreed to pay more than $16 million to settle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act "FCPA" charges that two of its African subsidiaries allegedly paid $3.2 million in bribes that generated $14,122,535 in illicit profits.[62] The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC" FCPA charges involved Goodyear subsidiaries in Kenya and Angola for allegedly paying bribes to government and private-sector workers in exchange for sales in each country.[63] According to the SEC because "Goodyear did not prevent or detect these improper payments because it failed to implement adequate FCPA compliance controls at its subsidiaries" and, for the Kenyan subsidiary, "because it failed to conduct adequate due diligence" prior to its acquisition. It was not alleged that Goodyear had any involvement with or knowledge of its subsidiaries' improper conduct.[64]

Internal training and discrimination

On August 18, 2020, WIBW, a local CBS-affiliate television station, reported that an internal PowerPoint slide on political attire from a Topeka, Kansas, training seminar was circulating on social media.[65] The leaked slide depicted a "zero tolerance" policy towards some political movements.[66] President Donald Trump called for a boycott of Goodyear tires the following day, as Trump campaign attire such as MAGA hats were among the banned products.[67] Goodyear responded via Twitter, stating "the visual in question was not created or distributed by Goodyear corporate, nor was it part of a diversity training class".[68] Following release of the audio that went with the slide,[69] Goodyear admitted the slide was used at its Topeka factory.[70]

Tire blowouts

Defective tires are suspected to be the cause of multiple truck accidents and fatal injuries that occurred in France, Spain and other European countries in the 2010s, according to an investigation published in the French daily Le Monde in March 2024.[71] According to the journalists, although Goodyear was aware of the problems, it did not recognize them. While the company quietly withdrew defective tires from the market and offered indemnities to the family of victims, it did not initially recognize the tires were defective and did not implement the European Union rapid alert system for unsafe consumer products, called Rapex.[72]

Goodyear products

Automotive

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Wrangler DuraTrac
Goodyear NASCAR Tires and Wheels

Commercial

Goodyear Tire Company mechanic shop in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
Goodyear Tire shop in Markham, Ontario
2004-06 Ford F-150 Goodyear.

Non-tire industrial

Goodyear trailer at a NASCAR Nationwide Series race

Veyance Technologies was purchased by ContiTech and no longer has the rights to Goodyear's licenses.[73]

Goodyear-branded wiper blades are made under license by Saver Automotive, in Ohio. The wipers were never under the Veyance umbrella.

Goodyear also produces the rubber for Lacoste tennis shoes, the AG-LT 21 and AG-LT 21 Ultra.

Manufacturing and development facilities

Location DOT plant code[74][75] Division and Product or activity[76][77]
Akron, Ohio, United States MB/1MB The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Global headquarters, North America headquarters, Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America headquarters, innovation center, racing tires, chemicals, tire proving grounds, airship operations
Bayport, Texas, United States Goodyear Chemical - Chemicals
Beaumont, Texas, United States Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Synthetic Rubber
Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Bladders, Mixed Stock, Compounding
Danville, Virginia, United States MC/1MC The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Aircraft tires, commercial tires
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States PJ/1PJ The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Passenger car tires
Findlay, Ohio, United States UP/1UP Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. - Consumer Tires, Technical Center, Tire Molds
Gadsden, Alabama, United States MD/1MD The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Passenger car tires
Hebron, Ohio, United States P1/1P1 The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Development Center[78]
Houston, Texas, United States The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Synthetic Rubber
Kingman, Arizona, United States The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Aircraft Tire Retreading
Lawton, Oklahoma, United States M6/1M6 The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Consumer tires
Niagara Falls, New York, United States Goodyear Chemical - Chemicals
Pompano Beach, Florida, United States The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Airship Operations
San Angelo, Texas, United States The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Tire Proving Grounds
San Francisco, California, United States The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Innovation Lab
Social Circle, Georgia, United States The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Tread Rubber
Statesville, North Carolina, United States The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Tire Molds
Stockbridge, Georgia, United States The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Aircraft Tire Retreading
Texarkana, Arkansas, United States UT/1UT Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. - Consumer Tires
Topeka, Kansas, United States MJ/1MJ The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - Commercial tires, OTR tires
Tupelo, Mississippi, United States U9/1U9 Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. - Consumer Tires
Sao Paulo, Brazil MX/1MX Companhia Goodyear Do Brazil - Latin America headquarters, aircraft tires, aircraft tire retreading
Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil Y1/1Y1 Companhia Goodyear Do Brazil - Tire proving grounds, consumer tires, commercial tires, OTR tires
Napanee, Ontario, Canada 4B/14B Goodyear Canada, Inc. - Passenger car tires
North Bay, Ontario, Canada Goodyear Canada, Inc. Off The Road -Construction and Mining
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada PC/1PC The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Of Canada Ltd - Consumer tires
Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada - Mixing center
Santiago, Chile M7/1M7 Goodyear De Chile, S.A.I.C. - Consumer tires
Shahekou District, China 7L/17L The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. -
Pulandian, Dalian, China TC/1TC Goodyear Dalian Tire Company Ltd. - Consumer tires, commercial tires
Cali, Colombia MY/1MY Goodyear De Colombia, S.A. - Commercial tires, OTR tires
Wolverhampton, England NB/1NB The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Co. - THE GOODYEAR TYRE & Rubber Co.
Amiens, France NC/1NC Goodyear France S.A. - Consumer tires (Closed)[79]
Montluçon, France DK/1DK Dunlop France S.A. - Motorcycle and scooter tires, passenger car tires
Riom, France - Truck tire retreading
Philippsburg, Germany ND/1ND Deutsche Goodyear GmbH - Warehouse
Fulda, Germany - Passenger car tires
Hanau, Germany DM/1DM Dunlop GmbH - Passenger car tires and race tires
Riesa, Germany - Passenger car tires
Fürstenwalde, Germany - Passenger car tires
Wittlich, Germany - Truck tires and truck tire retreading
Grand Duchy Of Luxembourg KM/1KM The Lee Tire & Rubber Co.(Goodyear S.A. Colmar-Berg) - Goodyear Innovation center Luxembourg (GIC*L), regional calendering center, commercial tires, OTR tires, tire proving grounds, tire molds, tire plant
Grand Duchy Of Luxembourg NJ/1NJ Goodyear S.A. -
Waluj, India 1W/11W Goodyear India Ltd -
Gurgaon, India NK/1NK Goodyear India Ltd. -
Bogor, Indonesia NL/1NL The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Ltd. -
Dudelange, Luxembourg L1/1L1 Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations SA - Passenger car tires
Selangor, Malaysia T8/1T8 Goodyear Malaysia Berhad -
San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico PL/1PL Goodyear - SLP, S de R.L. de C.V. - Consumer tires
Tilburg, Netherlands - Aircraft tire retreading
Lima, Peru NT/1NT Compania Goodyear Del Peru - Consumer tires, commercial tires
Dębica, Poland - Passenger Car Tires, Truck Tires
Kranj, Slovenia - Passenger car tires and truck tires
Uitenhage, South Africa NW/1NW The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (S.A.) (Pty) Ltd. - Consumer tires, commercial tires, agricultural tires, OTR tires
Bangkok, Thailand NY/1NY Goodyear (Thailand) Ltd. - Consumer tires, aircraft tires, aircraft retreading
Adapazarı, Turkey CO/C01 Goodyear Lastikleri TAS - Consumer tires
Izmit, Kocaeli, Turkey PA/1PA Goodyear Lastikleri TAS - Commercial tires
Valencia, Venezuela PB/1PB CA Goodyear De Venezuela -

Goodyear blimp "Spirit of America"

In August 2015, Goodyear Airship Operations announced the retirement of the "Spirit of America" blimp. This GZ-20A model airship, based in Carson, California, was part of a transition to a more high-tech fleet of airships.

Retirement and transition

The "Spirit of America," christened on September 5, 2002, was retired after 13 years of service. Its retirement was part of Goodyear's initiative to introduce a new generation of NT Zeppelin model airships. A series of final events marked the blimp's retirement, including coverage of the ESPYS, Crossfit Games, and the Special Olympics World Games LA 2015 Opening Ceremony. The blimp's final voyage was a 29-day West Coast Tour culminating in its decommissioning in mid-August 2015.

Goodyear organized a public retirement celebration on August 7 and 8, 2015, offering a last opportunity for the community to view the blimp up close. The "Spirit of Innovation," the "Spirit of America's" twin ship, was set to replace it in the Los Angeles market by late September 2015.

Operational achievements

During its operational years, "Spirit of America" conducted 8,005 flights, carrying 30,280 passengers for a total of 13,436 flight hours. The blimp was named as a tribute to American patriotism following September 11, 2001. It appeared at numerous events, including the Rose Parade and Academy Awards, and was featured in television shows. In 2011, it was rebranded for the premiere of "Cars 2."[80]

See also

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