Friday of last week, Dan was sitting at the kitchen table and out of the blue said, “The Goodyear Blimp is over east of us.”
Of course, I didn’t believe him, but after checking the binoculars, sure enough!
This picture was taken as it passed over the north part of our hay field here at home. The wind was giving it fits and neighbor Brenna thought it was going down in their field. It could be it was trying to change course a little because it ended up landing at Forbes Field and probably needed to move north. It would have been awesome to see it land!
As it turns out, the blimp is really a dirigible because there is no internal flame. It runs on three engines--two on the sides and one on the back—that use outside air to propel it.. It is a semi rigid airship and is never deflated. The outside structure lasts 15 to 18 years. The square visible on the side in my picture is actually a digital sign. You can read the article in Topeka CJ Online about its visit here.
So, I thought I would check social media to see if there were any pictures. It was funny how, as it crossed over the area, posts showed up with pictures on Facebook and Instagram.
No exciting news like it had to land in our area because of the weather. It actually was visiting Topeka (first time in 16 years) primarily I am sure to support the Goodyear plant.