Goodyear marked the completion of the company’s fleet of upgraded airships last week with the christening of its newest machine, “Wingfoot Three” according to CNN. The newest blimps, called NTs, include more maneuverable engines, fly-by-wire technology and a new top speed of 73 mph. Goodyear has built more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles for public relations and for defense. Flying covered the development of Wingfoot One and Wingfoot Two.
The Wingfoot Three was christened by Shaesta Waiz, the youngest woman to have flown around the world solo in a single engine aircraft. Waiz said, "It is truly an honor to be selected by Goodyear to christen Wingfoot Three. I know Amelia Earhart will be with us on this special day, just as her spirit was with me during the Pacific Ocean crossing from Hawaii to California.” The Wingfoot Three ceremony coincided with the 89th anniversary of Amelia Earhart christening an earlier airship AVWeb reported.