Viewer Pictures: Goodyear Blimp flies over Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No actually,  it’s a blimp.

The Goodyear Blimp made an appearance in the Valley Sunday.

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There is some history behind the Goodyear Blimp.

While today the Goodyear blimps are invariable associated with sporting events and used for advertising purposes, this was not always the case. Goodyear started out in the “blimp” industry by making the envelopes for these types of airships. They then worked into creating the airships themselves and were soon awarded with a government contract to do just that.

Five years after Goodyear created its first airship, two massive rigid aircraft named the USS Akron and the USS Macon were born. These flying wonders were created for the US Navy and carried specialty planes like the F9C-2 Curtiss Sparrowhawks, which could be launched and retrieved during flight for long range scouting and defensive purposes as neither airships were equipped with weapons.

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