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'Wingfoot One' is winning entry in contest to name new Goodyear blimp
The new semi-rigid airship is the first of three to be built with German partner Zeppelin
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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The newly named Goodyear airship 'Wingfoot One' is wheeled out of its hanger. It's the first of three planned blimps to be built with German manufacturer Zeppelin.
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The newest Goodyear blimp now has a name.

The Akron-based company today selected ‘Wingfoot One’ as the winning moniker for the airship.

Goodyear began a contest four months ago to name the new blimp.

A panel of judges narrowed 15,000 names down to ten finalists with the winning name selected through online voting.

Spokesman Doug Grassian says next month the ship be christened according to tradition.

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“We’ve identified a high-profile female christener to participate and she will do the traditional smashing of the champagne bottle, and then if the weather’s right we will do some flights.” 

The winning entry was submitted by Akron resident Charlotte White who will be one of the first passengers aboard ‘Wingfoot One.’

The newly named blimp is the first of three to be built with the German airship maker Zeppelin.

‘Wingfoot One’ will be based at Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake hangar east of Akron.

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