Goodyear Blimp to soar over Kent

What: For the first time in over 10 years, the iconic Goodyear Blimp is returning to the UK, and will fly over Kent on its journey from Calais. The Goodyear Blimp is known throughout the world for its aerial coverage of the most-watched events in sports and entertainment, ranging from FA Cup Finals at Wembley to Live Aid.

When: Weather permitting, the Goodyear Blimp will arrive in the UK over Folkestone on the mornings of the 26th, 27th, 29th and 30th June, before flying further inland. The flightpath will take it over Dover, Maidstone and Dartford, though it will also pass near Ashford. These flyovers are expected to take place late-morning, though an exact time cannot be specified.

Why: The Goodyear Blimp is returning to the UK for the first time in over 10 years, to act as an aerial ambassador for Goodyear. It will fly over Brands Hatch on 26th and 27th June, where it will provide aerial footage of the BTCC race taking place, and over central London on 29th and 30th June.

Who: Local media representatives who are interested in taking photos/video of the Goodyear Blimp can contact Bottle PR on for updates on its estimated arrival.

Trivia: The Goodyear Blimp operating in the UK will be a Goodyear-branded, Zeppelin NT airship, operated by Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH of Friedrichshafen, Germany. This appearance is part of the latest chapter in a nearly 100-year relationship between Goodyear and Zeppelin.

The semi-rigid Zeppelin NT airship measures over 75m in length and almost 18m in height. More commonly seen flying in the United States at major sporting events including NASCAR races, NBA games and PGA golf events, the Goodyear Blimp is a UK icon in its own right. It made its first European flight over Cardington, England, in June 1972, and has since appeared at a number of prominent sporting and cultural events, including the 1980 FA Cup Final at Wembley, Live Aid in 1985 and even two royal weddings.

About Goodyear

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs around 62,000 people and manufactures its products in 46 facilities in 21 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.

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