Goodyear Blimp

photo of large cats made out of tires

Penn State beat Memphis in the Cotton Bowl Saturday, where fans experienced an annual display from the game's sponsor, Akron-based Goodyear. The tiremaker unveiled life-sized rubber sculptures of both teams' mascots. A press release from Goodyear said "These sculptures embody the dedication to outstanding performance built into each tire and every player and coach on the teams."

The five-foot tall, 200 pound polymer predators were handcrafted by former minor league baseball player Blake McFarland from more than 260 Goodyear tires.

WKSU has been recognized with a Regional Edward R. Murrow from Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The honor came in the Excellence in Video for Radio, Small Market category for Reporter Mark Arehart and Producer Joe Gunderman’s video of the launch of the Goodyear Blimp, Wingfoot Three. The fun and informative video was created on short notice with fast turn-around to accompany an on-air news report about the event.   

Go for a Ride on Goodyear's Newest Blimp

Aug 31, 2018
Joe Gunderman / WKSU

When Goodyear christened Wingfoot Three on Thursday, it offered visitors an opportunity to take a ride in the airship. Being airborne in a blimp is quite a bit different than flying in any other type of aircraft. For one, the cabin is not pressurized and the windows actually open. But there are some familiar amenities on the blimp that frequent fliers will recognize. We're giving you a chance to go along for the ride on the blimp with WKSU's Mark Arehart and producer Joe Gunderman. 

Mark Arehart / WKSU

Goodyear christened Wingfoot Three this week, the last in its line of modern airships.