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Aboard the Goodyear Blimp

An Experience Like No Other

Posted on August 21, 2009

Have you ever dreamed of taking a ride on the Goodyear blimp and admiring the cityscape of Los Angeles from the air? Me too! Recently, I had the chance to take flight aboard the Goodyear blimp for an unforgettable aerial tour of Los Angeles.

A Bit of Blimp History

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company introduced the Pilgrim, the first commercial non-rigid airship to use helium, in 1925 for advertising and promotional purposes. The aerial advertising campaign was an instant success, and the blimp became an iconic symbol for airship travel and aviation technology in general. Over the next several years Goodyear created more blimps for use as patrol airships for the US Navy in WWI. Once the war ended, Goodyear blimps were back in commercial use and quickly becoming iconic fixtures in the skies throughout the US. When World War II broke out, the US Navy took over operation of Goodyear's 5 commercial airships, many of which were later sold back to Goodyear after the war.

Over the years, the blimp has changed a lot, incorporating new technology in every successive iteration, and is now more spacious than ever before; boasting comfortable seating for up to 6 passengers and one pilot. The views are spectacular no matter where you fly but if you're taking off from the Goodyear Blimp landing field in Carson, you'll get some of the best sights of Los Angeles. On a clear day, you can spot landmarks such as Universal Studios Hollywood, Dodger Stadium, Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Sign and so much more!

The ground crew assists in landing the blimp at the Goodyear airship base in Carson, California

What You Can Expect Riding in a Blimp

Taking off from the Goodyear Blimp Base Airport in Carson, California, we began our flight in the iconic Goodyear blimp. Sporting its iconic blue and yellow colors, this massive airship was hard to miss as it rose slowly to an altitude of approximately 1,000 feet and glided steadily over Southern California, albeit at a slower speed than what I'm used to. From up here, I could experience amazing views of Los Angeles and the surrounding cities, especially since I was just a passenger and wasn't flying, including everything from the skyscrapers in Downtown Los Angeles to the beautiful coastline in Malibu. The blimp itself offers riders a great perspective; with huge windows so we could all enjoy the sweeping panoramic views of the city.

The view from behind the pilot, the large windows on the Goodyear blimp allow for great views of Los Angeles on every blimp ride.

As we descended back into Carson after our hour-long tour, I felt truly lucky for having experienced such an incredible journey—a feeling I would bet is common with most riders. Even today, when I recall my time aboard the Goodyear blimp, I still get butterflies—it's certainly an adventure that any aviation enthusiast should experience at least once!

Another successful Goodyear blimp ride comes to an end, with ground crews ready to help the blimp land at the end of every flight.

An Unforgettable Experience

Taking a ride on the Goodyear Blimp is truly an unforgettable experience that combines classic Americana style with breathtaking views of Los Angeles from above. For anyone looking for a thrilling way to explore Los Angeles from a new point-of-view, look no further than a ride on the Goodyear Blimp! Flying above this expansive city while enjoying unparalleled views and luxury amenities—you won't be disappointed! The unique experience of flying aboard this iconic airship will stay with you long after your journey has ended.

Traveling high above the iconic Hollywood Sign, passengers aboard the Goodyear Blimp get a unique view of Los Angeles, California