- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has narrowed the list of possible names for the new airship that is the next generation of its famous blimp.

The Akron Beacon Journal (https://bit.ly/1pgIWF8 ) reports people submitted more than 15,000 suggestions through a naming contest. The ten finalists include Ambassador, Explorer, Inspiration and Pride of Goodyear.

People can vote for their favorites on Goodyear’s website for the next three weeks. Goodyear has said whoever submitted winning name will get access to the airship for a day.

The high-tech, helium-filled craft has a semi-rigid internal structure not included in earlier models that raises questions about whether it is truly a blimp, though the company still refers to it as such. Its silver balloon-like body is emblazoned with Goodyear’s yellow logo on a blue background.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, https://www.ohio.com

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