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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company‘s newest blimp – Wingfoot One – was christened on Saturday, August 23, in Suffield, Ohio, and who had the honor?  Robin Roberts, co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” long-time ESPN sportscaster and author.

Roberts joins a list of accomplished women who have christened previous Goodyear blimps, including astronaut Dr. Sally Ride (2000) and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (1929).

“This is incredibly meaningful to my family,” said Roberts. “My great grandfather moved his family from down south to Akron in 1918 to work for Goodyear. Never could he have imagined that one day one of his descendants would be asked to christen the blimp. I’m very honored.”

Robert’s family ties to Goodyear don’t end with her great grandfather, her grandfather, William Tolliver, also worked for the company.

The ceremony took place at the company’s Wingfoot Lake hangar, near the global headquarters in Akron.  Roberts will be among the first passengers to fly on Wingfoot One.



Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

Picture Coutesy of Goodyear and WOIO 19 Action News

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