Construction Begins for Newest Goodyear Blimp

                Construction Begins for Newest Goodyear Blimp

Iconic airships will become larger, faster, more maneuverable

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, March 22, 2013

AKRON, Ohio, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
(Nasdaq: GT)announced today that it has begun construction of the first of a
new generation of airships to replace its fleet of world famous blimps.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20050204/GTLOGO )

The new Zeppelin LZ N07-101 airship, manufactured by Germany's ZLT Zeppelin
Luftschifftechnik, will be assembled at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Hangar near
Akron, Ohio. An agreement with ZLT Zeppelin to supply Goodyear with the new
airships was announced in May 2011.

"The start of this construction project marks the beginning of a new era for
the Goodyear blimp, one of the world's most recognizable brand icons," said
Nancy Ray, Goodyear's director of Global Airship Operations. "With this
investment, we are renewing Goodyear's commitment to our airship program and
our continued leadership role in providing aerial coverage and support to the
most watched news, sports and entertainment events around the world."

Construction of the new airship will take about 6-7 months, including the
structural build and the installation of advanced on-board avionics and flight
control systems. Certification of the new airship and training of flight
personnel will follow during the first half of 2014. The new airship will be
larger, faster and more maneuverable than the current generation of blimps and
capable of carrying more passengers.

During its long operational history, Goodyear has built and operated more than
300 lighter-than-air vehicles since 1917, including two large rigid airships –
the U.S.S. Macon and U.S.S. Akron.

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about
69,000 people and manufactures its products in 52 facilities in 22 countries
around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg,
Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set
the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more
information about Goodyear's blimps and products, go to
www.goodyear.com/corporate.

SOURCE The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Website: http://www.goodyear.com
 
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