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Goodyear's Zeppelin Plan and how they are going to phase out their current fleet of GZ-20s

It all started in May of 2011 when Goodyear announced they're going to replace their aging fleet of GZ-20s with brand new, state-of-the-art Zeppelin NTs. Goodyear began construction of it's first Zeppelin in 2012. In October 2013, as construction of the first Zeppelin would begin to require more hangar space at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake base, Goodyear decided to relocate their Akron based "Spirit of Goodyear" to Florida so it could continue work until it's retirement and not interfere with construction. As construction continued in Ohio, Spirit of Goodyear accompanied it's Florida based sister ship, the "Spirit of Innovation", around Florida and surrounding states to events

like College bowl games and NASCAR races. Spirit of Goodyear's final event coverage was the 2014 Daytona 500. Spirit of Goodyear was officially retired on February 23, 2014, leaving only two operating GZ-20s in the world. On March 14, 2014, Goodyear revealed their first Zeppelin NT at the Wingfoot Lake hangar. On August 23, 2014, The Zeppelin was christened as "Wingfoot One" by Robin Roberts. Shortly after, it received a United States tail number, "N1A". In May of 2015, Goodyear announced that it planned to retire it's California based GZ-20, the "Spirit of America" in August of that year. In June of 2015, Spirit of America spent the month touring the west coast on it's final expedition. Within that time, Goodyear's Florida

based GZ-20, the Spirit of Innovation, permanently left it's Pompano Beach home with Wingfoot Lake as it's destination in order for hangar repairs to be made. With Spirit of America retiring, and a second Zeppelin on the way, Goodyear decided that they would permanently relocate Spirit of Innovation to it's Carson, California base shortly after Spirit of America's retirement. Shortly after SOA was retired in August of 2015, Spirit of Innovation underwent a tail number change from N2A to N4A. Also, It's "City Of" indication on the Gondola was changed from Pompano Beach, FL to Carson, CA. In 2017, Goodyear plans to retire what at the time will be the only remaining GZ-20, the Spirit of Innovation. Zeppelin #2 is planned to replace Spirit of Innovation for California operations. With Wingfoot One and Zeppelin #2 at their permanent bases and the entire GZ-20 fleet decommissioned, Goodyear will have plenty of time and space to build it's third Zeppelin, which will be based in Akron, Ohio.