Photo advisory: today's the day to grab a photo of Goodyear's "Spirit of Goodyear" and "Spirit of Innovation" flying over the Cleveland skies. But you better act quickly, because this offer only lasts until 10:50 this morning.
It's rare when more than one blimp is flying over northeast Ohio, but the "Spirit of Innovation" was sent north out of south Florida ahead of Hurricane Isaac, and the "Spirit of Goodyear" is heading for East Lansing for Friday's Michigan State-Boise game.
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(Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company) The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s blimps Spirit of Goodyear and Spirit of Innovation can be seen flying together over the Cleveland skyline Thursday from 10 to 10:50 a.m., weather permitting, in a rare two-airship flybye.
The trip took the pair to Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport; the photo (seen at left) was taken by Spirit of Innovation Pilot-in-Charge Corky Belanger and posted to the Goodyear Blimp's Facebook page.
“Once we’ve spent some time over the Cleveland skyline the Spirit of Goodyear will depart for Michigan where it is scheduled to provide the aerial camera views for the college football game between Boise State and Michigan State, Friday on ESPN,” said Ed Ogden, public relations mgr. for the Spirit of Goodyear.
“The Spirit of Innovation is based in Pompano Beach, Fl. and due to threatening weather from Hurricane Isaac it was decided a few days ago to move the blimp out of that area,” said Nancy Ray, director of Goodyear Global Airship Operations. “As the blimp moved north to avoid any residual storm activity it was determined that Goodyear’s blimp base at Wingfoot Lake in Suffield, Ohio, home to the Spirit of Goodyear, was the best destination.”
Goodyear owns and operates three blimps in the United States, the Spirit of Innovation, in Pompano Beach, Fl.; the Spirit of America in Carson, Ca.; and the Spirit of Goodyear in Suffield, Ohio.