The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. this weekend launched the maiden voyage of its brand new airship dubbed 'Wingfoot One. But this one is not your father's blimp, it's a zeppelin.

goddyear zep1 Goodyear's latest airship, the zeppelin 'Wingfoot One' Photo: Goodyear

According to Goodyear:

Wingfoot One is the first of a new generation of airships manufactured by Germany’s ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik and assembled by a team of Zeppelin and Goodyear engineers over the past 12 months. It represents the first major structural design change of a Goodyear airship in nearly 70 years. The new blimp features advanced on-board avionics and flight control systems with the capability to travel at faster speeds and hover in place. The spacious passenger gondola will provide an enhanced in-flight experience with sweeping, panoramic windows.

According to, zeppelins are distinguished by their incorporation of a rigid frame that shapes the aircraft. Blimps, on the other hand, maintain their shape by regulating pressure.
Watch a two minute timelapse video of  'Wingfoot One' being built, from start to finish.