The Goodyear Blimp Returns to Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture 2021 marks 50 years since a blimp’s first visit.

Goodyear’s "Wingfoot Three" is 54 feet longer than the first blimp to visit in 1971.Courtesy Goodyear

In a news release on June 1, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company announced that one of its iconic blimps—the Wingfoot Three—will visit EAA AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first visit by one of the company’s earlier airships. Goodyear Aviation will also exhibit in booth number 489 at the show, which runs from July 26 to August 1.

“Christened in 2018, Wingfoot Three is the newest Goodyear Blimp,” the company said. “It’s completing a nearly decade-long transition of Goodyear’s world-famous fleet to high-tech semi-rigid airships. At 246 feet long, Wingfoot Three will be one of the largest aircraft on the field and a full 54 feet longer than the Goodyear Blimp America that first touched down in Oshkosh back in 1971.

David Barnette, Goodyear general manager for Global Aviation, said, “We are excited to be returning to EAA AirVenture [at] Oshkosh this year to showcase our products and interact alongside consumers who share our passion for aviation, all while celebrating this milestone anniversary of the Goodyear Blimp. With aviation enthusiasts coming from all over the world, this show, known as the world’s largest airshow, is a great opportunity for Goodyear to share our rich history in aviation.”