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Goodyear donates blimp gondola to auto aviation museum.

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) said it will donate the gondola from the Spirit of Goodyear blimp to the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

"It has been wonderful collaborating with Goodyear to add this blimp gondola to the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum," said Kelly Falcone-Hall, president and CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

The gondola is the compartment underneath the blimp's envelope where the pilot and passengers ride. It is 23 feet long and weighs 3,400 lbs.

Built in 1982, the blimp gondola saw service on three airships logging more than 41,000 hours of flight during its 31 year history. From 1982-1992, it was mounted on the blimp America based in Spring, Texas; from 1992-1999 it was on the Stars & Stripes in Pompano Beach, Florida; and from 2000-2014, on the Spirit of Goodyear, in Suffield, Ohio.

In 2014, the gondola won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as "The Longest Continuous Use for a Blimp" for its 14 year run with the Spirit of Goodyear. After covering its final event, NASCAR's 2014 Daytona 500 race, the blimp was retired.

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