A Once In A (LAST) Lifetime Experience!!
After nearly 13 years of soaring high above Southern California, the Goodyear blimp “Spirit of America” will be retired in August 2015—but not before it takes its final expedition. “Spirit of America” will embark on its farewell tour of the West Coast this summer, beginning June 2.
“Spirit of America” was christened on September 5, 2002 by Letitia Driscoll, mother of New York Police Officer Steven Driscoll, who perished in the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The airship’s name was chosen as a tribute to the patriotic spirit of the United States. Today, the blimp is one of only two GZ-20A classified airships that still exist in the world.
As an aerial ambassador for Goodyear, the airship has traveled thousands of miles across the U.S., providing aerial coverage to the nation’s most-watched sporting and entertainment events. The “Spirit of America” Goodyear blimp has made noteworthy appearances above the annual Rose Parade, Academy Awards, ESPY Awards, Super Bowl Week activities, X-Games and hundreds of NCAA, NBA, MLB and NHL games. The airship has appeared on television shows such as American Ninja Warrior, Hell’s Kitchen and The Apprentice. It is also the Goodyear Blimp that was rebranded in 2011 to promote the world premiere of the adored Disney/Pixar film “Cars 2.”