Goodyear Blimp Coming to Tampa Bay AirFest
Iconic airship will be joined by aerobatic champion Michael Goulian
AKRON, Ohio, May 10, 2018 - The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's world-famous blimp, Wingfoot One, is coming to the Tampa Bay AirFest, which will take place this weekend at MacDill Air Force Base.
Joining Wingfoot One for the May 12-13 event will be aerobatic champion Michael Goulian, who will dazzle attendees with breathtaking displays of precision airmanship.
Launched in 2014, Wingfoot One is the first of a new generation of Goodyear blimps, which includes sister vessel, Wingfoot Two, and a third blimp coming this summer. Since it first took flight, Wingfoot One has provided aerial coverage of numerous marquee events, including the NBA Finals, the Daytona 500, the PGA Championship and the College Football Playoff National Championship.
"Goodyear has supplied tires to the aviation industry for more than a century," said Glenn Leonardi, general manager, aviation, Americas, who noted that Goodyear has operated its own fleet of airships for nearly 100 years. "We are excited to bring Wingfoot One and Michael Goulian to this year's Tampa Bay AirFest."
Michael Goulian, whose plane has flown the Goodyear logo since 2012, is a past United States National Aerobatic Champion, and recently won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi. He also holds three of the airshow world's top honors: the ICAS Sword of Excellence, the Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship.
Goulian will fly his Extra 330SC aircraft alongside Wingfoot One at 2:30 p.m. each day, during the transition between their airshow performances. "Michael is one of the world's premier aerobatic competitors and an extraordinary ambassador for the Goodyear brand," said Leonardi. "We are honored and proud to fly with him."
In addition, on May 12 at 12:30 p.m., Goulian and Wingfoot One pilots will sign autographs outside Goulian'sTampa Bay AirFest trailer, which will feature Goodyear flags on top of it. "The Tampa Bay AirFest is one of the aviation industry's premier shows," said Leonardi. "Wingfoot One is a symbol of airship innovation and technology, and Michael Goulian has reached the top level of aerobatics. This is a winning combination that we believe all Tampa Bay AirFest attendees will enjoy."
Press release from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber company.