The Big Blue Blimp of Los Angeles
The Things You See on a Private Tour
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company‘s famous west coast blimp, Spirit of America, resides just off the 405 Freeway in Carson, near Los Angeles. Seeing it moored as we drive by during a private Los Angeles tour is always a treat and creates a lasting impression — it is really big! If we are lucky enough to see it depart the image of a giant leaping porpoise comes right to mind. The four Goodyear blimps around the country are built and designed with the Zeppelin Company of Germany and are almost 200 ft. long, 60 ft. tall and 50 ft. wide. That’s one big helium balloon. These flying billboards and camera platforms also carry passengers and do great work for the sports networks covering local events at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Rose Bowl Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium, as well as working for Hollywood when aerial filming is necessary or if the screenplay calls for a blimp. Spirit of America also flies up and down the state when work calls. She really gets around albeit slowly.