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October 1, 1990 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man flying a radio-controlled model airplane from a nearby field intentionally buzzed the Goodyear blimp Columbia before ramming it Sunday, puncturing its skin and forcing the shipto make an emergency landing at its airfield in Carson, authorities said. No one was injured. The blimp, with seven people aboard, was en route to its base at 19200 S. Main St. in Carson at 4:30 p.m.
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SPORTS
July 9, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
On a cloudless Tuesday afternoon, the Goodyear Blimp was passing overhead at Venice High as a group of football players participated in volunteer workouts. “That's a good omen,” standout quarterback Alexander Diamont said. Venice could produce a feel-good story in the City Section. It's a neighborhood team with no transfers and lots of players who have been training together for four years. No team in the City Section has more returning starters than Venice, a Division I semifinalist last season.
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NEWS
August 29, 1986 | PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writer
A Goodyear blimp, frequently deployed to peer down on ballparks with television cameras, has been enlisted for temporary spy duty in the government's war against drug smugglers. With some nervousness, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. agreed Monday to fly the airship along the Texas Gulf Coast so that U.S. Customs Service agents on board can try to spot smugglers' boats during a one-week test.
BUSINESS
September 1, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Not since the waning days of World War II have the mammoth wooden blimp hangars at the former military base in Tustin seen as much airship manufacturing work as they do today. Inside the 17-story structures that rise above southern Orange County, Worldwide Aeros Corp. is building a blimp-like airship designed for the military to carry tons of cargo to remote areas around the world. "Nobody has ever tried to do what we're doing here," Chief Executive Igor Pasternak said of the 265-foot skeleton being transformed into the cargo airship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1992 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As corporate symbols go, the Goodyear Blimp has soared to heights unmatched by most other business icons. People don't just identify with the blimp. They actually sympathize with it. How else to explain the get well cards the airship received after its well-publicized collision with a remote-controlled airplane in late 1990?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1996 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One memory from decades in the blimp especially stands out: John Crayton was hovering over Candlestick Park in 1989 to broadcast a World Series game between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A's, when the on-board television monitor went blank. He couldn't see why that should have happened, except for a cloud of dust coming off the hill next to the stadium. A call to the airport finally made it clear: A major earthquake had struck the Bay Area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1990 | LUZ VILLARREAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even Fred Brandenfels, who had no intention of being around Fullerton Municipal Airport on Saturday for an air show, liked the festivities. Brandenfels, of Eugene, Ore., had flown here to spend a day at Disneyland, then planned to fly home Saturday. But he was grounded temporarily because planes could not take off during the show. "I'm here watching the show and my wife is watching her watch," he said. "I say if you have to get stuck and stranded, the best place to do it is at an air show.
SPORTS
June 1, 2010 | Chris Erskine
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.
BUSINESS
September 1, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Not since the waning days of World War II have the mammoth wooden blimp hangars at the former military base in Tustin seen as much airship manufacturing work as they do today. Inside the 17-story structures that rise above southern Orange County, Worldwide Aeros Corp. is building a blimp-like airship designed for the military to carry tons of cargo to remote areas around the world. "Nobody has ever tried to do what we're doing here," Chief Executive Igor Pasternak said of the 265-foot skeleton being transformed into the cargo airship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1990
A man accused of puncturing the side of a Goodyear blimp with his radio-controlled model airplane pleaded not guilty Thursday to three felony charges stemming from the midair mishap. John William Moyer, 28, of Redondo Beach was arraigned in Compton Municipal Court on one count each of felony vandalism, assault by means of force likely to produce bodily injury and damage to an aircraft rendering it unsafe. Moyer faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison if convicted of all charges.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
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.
SPORTS
June 1, 2010 | Chris Erskine
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.
SPORTS
April 6, 2009 | Mike Penner
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.
NATIONAL
June 17, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2003 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A Goodyear blimp was blown into a pole and ripped in half as it tried to land, sending the cockpit carrying a pilot and six passengers skidding along the ground. No one was injured. The blimp had just touched the ground at Northeast Philadelphia Airport with about 10 people tugging on mooring ropes from the nose when a gust of wind blew the airship about 20 feet, lifting one of the men off the ground. The pilot started the engines and tried to avoid the 40-foot-high red mooring mast.
NEWS
August 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A Goodyear blimp was blown into a pole and ripped in half as it tried to land, sending the cockpit carrying a pilot and six passengers skidding along the ground. No one was injured. The blimp had just touched the ground at Northeast Philadelphia Airport with about 10 people tugging on mooring ropes from the nose when a gust of wind blew the airship about 20 feet, lifting one of the men off the ground. The pilot started the engines and tried to avoid the 40-foot-high red mooring mast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2000 | Ana Beatriz Cholo, (714) 966-5890
The popular Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) auction at this year's Cypress Festival on July 22 will be emceed by a local radio disc jockey. Mary Price, who works at classic rock station Arrow 93, will be raffling off prizes that include a ride on the Goodyear blimp, VIP tickets to the Jay Leno show, a VCR and a Yamaha Waverunner. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will be held at Oak Knoll Park, 9600 Graham St.
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