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(LA Times)   Goodyear to retire the Goodyear Blimp. "Archer" jokes begin to the right ---   ( latimes.com) divider line
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2017-03-15 01:24:15 AM  
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2017-03-15 02:36:54 AM  
Soon to be replaced by the GOODYEAR DRONE SWARM.

/bank it.
 
2017-03-15 04:18:48 AM  
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2017-03-15 06:09:49 AM  
Wait... I had something for this...
 
2017-03-15 06:11:31 AM  
But how will we know if Ice Cube is still a pimp?
 
2017-03-15 06:15:10 AM  
It's not actually being retired, it's retiring the blimp to replace it with a semi-rigid-airship - it's another 'blimp' but technically it isn't a blimp anymore.

AKA, free goodyear advertising because this is somehow news
 
2017-03-15 06:21:29 AM  
I've always loved those things. I remember seeing one when I was three, because we lived near a college football stadium. Decades later I lived near Carson and they would fly over the high school football games. I know I got a picture of an injured deflated blimp in Carson but I can't find it.
 
2017-03-15 06:30:20 AM  
"to retire?"   Already has retired.  The last was deflated on the thirteenth.
 
2017-03-15 06:36:16 AM  

2wolves: "to retire?"   Already has retired.  The last was deflated on the thirteenth.


So Tom Brady works for Goodyear?
 
2017-03-15 06:37:06 AM  
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2017-03-15 06:39:36 AM  

UNC_Samurai: 2wolves: "to retire?"   Already has retired.  The last was deflated on the thirteenth.

So Tom Brady works for Goodyear?


He's a man of many talents.
 
2017-03-15 07:22:21 AM  
Rigid.. Airship..
 
2017-03-15 07:25:39 AM  
Dirigible news.
 
2017-03-15 07:54:08 AM  

Mr.Tangent: Dirigible news.


*NeroGivingForcedThumbsUp.Gif*

/On mobile
 
2017-03-15 07:54:52 AM  
Oh the humanity!
 
2017-03-15 08:14:11 AM  
Goodyear?  Nah it was the worst.
 
2017-03-15 08:14:24 AM  
No, the worst
 
2017-03-15 08:15:57 AM  
Röyksopp - Only This Moment (Instrumental)
Youtube v1fvUMPJ0kQ
 
2017-03-15 08:21:18 AM  
"RIGID airship? So what, it's still a blimp but now it has an erection?"
 
2017-03-15 08:44:26 AM  

DanInKansas: "RIGID airship? So what, it's still a blimp but now it has an erection?"


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Apparently
 
2017-03-15 08:55:15 AM  
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RIP Jefferson Airplane. Er, Starship. Um... Airship. Or something. Jefferson Blimp will do.
 
2017-03-15 09:11:05 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: DanInKansas: "RIGID airship? So what, it's still a blimp but now it has an erection?"

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Apparently


You were supposed to read that in H Jon Benjamin's voice. I thought about putting a Lana or a Kreiger response in but I decided I was being obvious. It's a pretty good Archer line but I need to think about how it reads as cold text and make the context more clear next time, like a picture of Lana closing her eyes and shaking her head or something.
 
2017-03-15 09:18:50 AM  
danger zone
 
2017-03-15 09:23:41 AM  
M. As in Mancy.
 
2017-03-15 09:51:42 AM  
It's about time those things are huge floating bombs waiting to go off.
 
2017-03-15 09:57:18 AM  
But Trudy Beakman was just about to get to go on it!
 
2017-03-15 10:12:34 AM  
but what about all the HELIUM!
 
2017-03-15 10:16:55 AM  

Oysterman: But Trudy Beakman was just about to get to go on it!


So, we're not doing phrasing anymore?
 
2017-03-15 10:55:28 AM  
Crew members Tuesday yanked a rip line to open a section at the top of the blimp's big gas bag, known as an envelope. It took about two minutes for it to crumple to the ground.

Shouldn't we be recycling helium?  Thought we were approaching critical  shortage.
 
2017-03-15 11:04:46 AM  
"Once the blimp was deflated people for 1/2 mile around talked funny for 2 minutes."
 
2017-03-15 11:17:45 AM  
"Its gondola, originally christened Columbia in 1986, became Eagle in 2002 and finally Innovation following a public name-that-blimp contest in 2006."

Surprised they didn't vote for Blimpy McBlimpface.
 
2017-03-15 11:25:47 AM  

jaytkay: I've always loved those things. I remember seeing one when I was three, because we lived near a college football stadium. Decades later I lived near Carson and they would fly over the high school football games. I know I got a picture of an injured deflated blimp in Carson but I can't find it.


They are cool.  One would sometimes be moored at the executive airport in Orlando and I used to see it from the Expressway.  It also used the coastline when it was heading north and south sometimes.  Seeing it flying overhead at the beach was cool.
 
2017-03-15 11:28:47 AM  
 
2017-03-15 11:59:07 AM  

Igor Jakovsky: "Its gondola, originally christened Columbia in 1986, became Eagle in 2002 and finally Innovation following a public name-that-blimp contest in 2006."

Surprised they didn't vote for Blimpy McBlimpface.


It was a simpler time back then
 
2017-03-15 12:18:39 PM  
Hang on, let me find my turtleneck.
 
2017-03-15 12:30:30 PM  
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2017-03-15 12:43:18 PM  
I can never understand why they need aerial coverage of a sporting event that is indoors or under a dome.
 
2017-03-15 12:47:00 PM  
Das Goodyear Zeppelin!
 
2017-03-15 01:04:13 PM  

Munden: It's not actually being retired, it's retiring the blimp to replace it with a semi-rigid-airship - it's another 'blimp' but technically it isn't a blimp anymore.

AKA, free goodyear advertising because this is somehow news


It's not news, It's Fark.--oh forget about it...
 
2017-03-15 02:26:43 PM  
This article was surprising to me.  Until reading this, I thought the replacement of all the blimps had already been completed months ago.
 
2017-03-15 03:01:54 PM  

macdaddy357: Das Goodyear Zeppelin!


Goodrich...

First in with "It is Balloon!"

F Troop/ wheredaheckarewe Indians...
 
2017-03-15 03:07:19 PM  
Inconsolable-
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Also, the only blimp that matters-
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2017-03-15 04:18:32 PM  
When I was a kiddo growing up in Long Beach, we had the blimps flying over head very nearly every day. Many, many years later, I'm in Phoenix in 1997 with my girlfriend watching that big UFO flying over the city.

Same animal, only bigger.
 
2017-03-15 06:53:15 PM  
That's a nice tip o' the hat to governor Christie leaving office.
 
2017-03-15 08:42:32 PM  
I flew into Kansas City Downtown airport and a Goodyear blimp was doing an IFR missed approach.
 
2017-03-15 10:16:02 PM  
Years ago, I had an airplane parked at Mount Comfort Airport, just east of Indianapolis. During the month of May, the Goodyear Blimp was based there covering the various race events. Being an airport bum, it wasn't long before I became pals with the ground crews, especially the night guys. One evening, I took my son out to the airport, telling him I could get him a close-up and personal look at the Goodyear Blimp. (What 12-year-old would pass that up?). I drove him over to where the blimp was parked, we got out, & I checked in with Ray, the ground crew guy charged with watching over it at night (They NEVER leave it unattended, for obvious reasons), and took my son over to the blimp.

The blimp is generally moored at night to a mast that's on a fairly heavy truck by the mooring fixture in the nose, it being otherwise free to swivel around the mast when the winds change. Never the less, up close, a blimp that size is an impressive entity, like being next to a 10-story building that's sitting on the ground, sideways.

I looked at my son, who was suitably awed by being that near the actual Goodyear blimp, when inspiration struck.

Taking advantage of a certain piece of knowledge I had acquired, I groused about them having "Parked the damn thing in the wrong direction again", walked over and grabbed the camera rail on the side of the gondola, and grunting like the Hulk, lifted the entire blimp off the ground and carried it about 45 degrees around the mast, and set it down.

The look on my son's face was priceless.

[The knowledge I exploited was that they didn't want the single wheel under the gondola to dig a rut in the airfield, so at night they only ballasted the blimp to about 100 pounds of negative buoyancy, so it only 'weighed' 100 lbs. The mass was still the same, though, so you couldn't move it quickly. It's an entertaining illusion.]
 
2017-03-16 12:35:28 AM  
Monty Python - The Golden Age of Ballooning Part 6 of 3
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2017-03-16 06:54:11 AM  
Hello airplanes? It's blimps. You win.
 
2017-03-16 08:17:16 AM  
SilverStag:

Now that's a CSB if I ever did read one.
 
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