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Robin Roberts to Christen New Goodyear Blimp.

AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION-(C)1997-2014 M2 COMMUNICATIONS

25 July 2014

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber company's (NASDAQ: GT) said ABC News' "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts is set to christen the company's newest blimp, Wingfoot One, on Saturday, August 23, in Suffield, Ohio.

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."

The August 23 christening ceremony will take place at the company's Wingfoot Lake hangar, near the company's global headquarters in Akron. Weather permitting, Roberts will be among the first passengers to fly on Wingfoot One.

A limited number of free tickets to the christening event will be available for the general public. Details on ticket distribution will be available on Goodyear Blimp social media @GoodyearBlimp on twitter and Goodyear Blimp on Facebook in the coming weeks.

After the christening, Wingfoot One will begin providing regular aerial television coverage of prominent sporting events, including the beginning of the college football season.

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs approximately 69,000 people and manufactures its products in 50 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.

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