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Goodyear adding longer, faster blimps

May 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Goodyear blimps are being replaced with bigger, faster models.

There are three Goodyear blimps in the U.S., including one based in Carson. They've been providing aerial coverage of big events for decades.

Goodyear is teaming up with the German Zeppelin Company to build the new ones at a cost of about $21 million each. They'll be longer and faster, topping out at around 73 miles per hour.

The first one should be ready in 2014.