After more than ten years, the legendary airship Goodyear back to fly over the European skies, thanks to the renewal plan of theGoodyear’s business in Europewhich includes the return to European motorsport and the introduction of new tires like theEfficientGrip Performance 2 and the Vector 4Seasons Gen-3.
On the weekend from 10 July 2022 it also flies over the skies of Milan And Monza during the races of the 6 Hours of Monza valid for World WEC 2022.
Goodyear airship flies to Milan and Monza
After flying over the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the weekend of 10 July the Goodyear airship, the largest in the world, flies in the Italian skies of Milan And Monzaafter more than 10 years of absence.
In fact, after returning to the European skies in 2020, the iconic Goodyear Blimp has arrived at Milanto fly over the symbolic places of the city: Piazza del Duomo, Navigli, the fashion district and Porta Nuova.
After Milan flies on Monza ParkSunday 10 July, on the occasion of the 6 Hours of Monzaone of the stages of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)the championship where Goodyear is the exclusive partner of tires in the prototype category.
Goodyear’s new Zeppelin NT airship
The Goodyear airship which returns to operation in Europe is the new model Zeppelin NT (signed N4A), characterized by a livery entirely dedicated to the winged foot brand and moved by the German company Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH of Friedrichshafen (Germany), the same that built the aircraft, thus confirming the almost centennial collaboration between Goodyear and Zeppelin.
The semi-rigid Zeppelin NT airship it measures over 75m in length, nearly three-quarters of a football pitch, and nearly 18m high. It is same model used by the three new Goodyear airships already operational in the United States since 2014. With internal rigid upper or lower frame and a pressurized enclosure which, to date, is the plargest of its kind in the world.
Elected as brand ambassador for Goodyear in Europeprovides exceptional aerial coverage of major sporting events, such as major European competitions in mortorsport calendarit also carries out tourist flights in Germany being stationed at the Friedrichshafen base.
Thanks to this airship, Goodyear wants to give a strong e significant boost to Goodyear’s return to international competitions. In fact, the company is Official tire supplier for the LMP2 class of WECof the European Le Mans Seriesof the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and through a new media partner, the European sports broadcaster Eurosportof the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) and the Pure ETCRthe first category reserved for fully electric multi-brand touring cars.
The Goodyear company
Goodyear is a US company founded in 1898, one of the main ones tire manufacturers of the world. The name derives from that of Charles Goodyear inventor of vulcanized rubber. Today the tire company employs around 63,000 people and manufactures its products in 47 factories spread over 21 countries around the world. There are two Innovation Centers, the first in historic headquarters of Akron, in Ohio (USA), and the other in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg. From here the technicians optimize the products and implement cutting-edge services, which are the basis for the research of better performance and technologies.
For more information on Goodyear and its products, you can visit the site www.goodyear.eu.
- THE actual airshipsin other words the floppy models (called Blimp) without rigid structure, rely solely on the internal pressure of the lifting gas to maintain the shape of the enclosure. The only solid parts of the structure are the gondola and the “tail fins” that is the rudders. They all belong to this category the previous Goodyear airships operational until 2017.
- THE semi-rigid airships they usually have one rigid lower keel and a pressurized bladder above it. The keel can attach directly to the enclosure or hang under it. Among the most famous we mention the Norge designed by eng. and General Umberto Nobile, the first to reach the North Pole, and the Astra-Torres models used during the First World War by the French and British armies. Even all four new Goodyear Zeppelin NT airships are of this type.
- THE rigid airships they have internal frames. This rigid structure, traditionally an aluminum alloy, maintains the shape of the airship inside which there are numerous cells filled with gas (first hydrogen and then helium). In general, rigid airships are only efficient if they are longer than 110 meters. This is because airships need low weight / volume ratios.
For small airships, a solid frame is simply too heavy. Typical of this category are Zeppelins (first prototype LZ 1 from 1900) from the early 1900s including the tragically famous Hindenburg that put an end to these aircraft with the accident during the landing phase. We also mention the first Goodyear-Zeppelins built for the US Navy or theAkron and the Macon both were destroyed in an ocean storm.
Goodyear airship construction video
Zeppelin NT airship technical sheet
• Crew: 1-2 pilots (approved to operate with a single pilot)
• Capacity: 15 passengers
• Enclosure volume: 8,425 m3
• Gas: helium
• Length: 75.10 m
• Maximum width: 19.75 m
• Maximum envelope width: 17.20 m
• Overall height: 17.55 m
• Heavyweight: 8.972 kg
• Engines: 3 Textron-Lycoming IO-360-C1G6 (200 HP) 4-cylinder petrol engine
• Propellers: 3 Hoffmann vectors 2.7 m three-bladed; 1 Hoffmann 2.2 m three-blade for lateral thrust
• Fuel: 835 kg (302.5 kg for each left and right tank, 230 kg tank)
• Full speed: 125.5 Km / h
• Autonomy: 24 hours
• Buoyancy: 1333.5 kg
• Maximum dynamic thrust force: 500 kg
• Maximum ballast, landing / take-off: 400 kg
• Maximum ballast, in flight: 500 kg
• Useful load: 2,350 kg
• Maximum flight altitude: 10,000 feet (3,048 m)
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