May 18, 2011 |
The 33-acre grassy airfield in Carson doesn't appear much bigger than a postage stamp when pilot Jon Conrad begins steering the 12,840-pound Goodyear blimp in for a landing. "It looks a little different from this vantage point, doesn't it?" he says with a chuckle. "That doesn't seem like much room when you're landing an aircraft that's comparable to a Boeing 747. " The tight squeeze will get a little tighter in the coming years with this month's announcement that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will once again replace its helium-filled fleet of three silver, blue, and gold blimps with bigger, faster ones.
June 1, 2010 |
The Goodyear Blimp hangs over Staples Center like a Phil Jackson thought-bubble, plump full of helium and carrying a goodly jigger of airline fuel for its two six-cylinder engines. Down below, LA Live is lighting up, the biggest bangle of cubic zirconium you ever saw. Obviously, I'll go anywhere for a marginal story. I love L.A. — especially from a distance. In this case, we're 1,700 feet up in what is possibly sport's most recognized icon. It is also, in my odd quest for weird ways to watch a game, the ultimate nosebleed seat.
April 6, 2009 |
The greatest home run in the history of Canadian baseball doesn't get the attention it deserves, says the man who hit it, Joe Carter. Carter won the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays with a three-run home run against Philadelphia Phillies closer Mitch Williams in the bottom of the ninth inning, but when discussion turns to the greatest World Series home runs of them all, Carter's is always listed below Kirk Gibson's in 1988, Carlton Fisk's in 1975 and Bill Mazeroski's in 1960.
June 17, 2005 |
A Goodyear blimp crash-landed in an industrial park in Coral Springs, authorities said. The two people on board were not injured. The "Stars & Stripes" blimp went down shortly after taking off from its base at Pompano Beach Air Park. The blimp lost most of its helium and was draped across some orange self-storage units in the industrial park. Its nose remained pointed into the air. There were thunderstorms in the area at the time, authorities said.
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December 5, 2003 |
A large crane was brought in Thursday to haul away a Goodyear blimp that strayed from its moorings in Carson, drifted 300 yards over a fence, bumped into a truck and fell nose-first into a manure pile. The collision with the truck ruptured the blimp's front gas bag, releasing the helium in it and grounding the airship, said Sgt. Bill Evans of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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December 4, 2003 |
A Goodyear blimp crashed into a plant nursery near its Carson mooring Wednesday night after operators pulling it to the ground with ropes lost control of it. The blimp drifted almost 300 yards and crashed nose first into trees in the nursery near 192nd and Main streets, according to the Sheriff's Department. The two people aboard, the pilot and a cameraman, escaped serious injury, although the cameraman complained of pain in his knee and was taken to a hospital, Deputy Aaron Bartsch said.