Fly­ing high

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

Goodyear’s stock is fly­ing high, on pace to beat the S&P 500 for the fourth time in five years, but its fa­mous blimps no longer are.

Goodyear has let the he­lium out of the last of its fa­bled fleet of blimps, the Cal­i­for­nia-based Spirit of In­no­va­tion. But shed no tears, blimp fans, you’ll still see a fa­mil­iar blue-and-gold form float­ing over sports events and awards shows. Goodyear is re­plac­ing its blimps with semi-rigid di­ri­gi­bles. They look sim­i­lar to blimps but have a frame, which means they main­tain their shape when the he­lium is drained. Far more im­por­tant to Goodyear is that the new air­ships are faster, qui­eter and more ma­neu­ver­able than the blimps it in­tro­duced more than 90 years ago.

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