Coming in at 57 feet tall and 19,000 pounds, the Goodyear Blimp isn’t your typical college football player. But that didn’t stop the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame from inducting the icon into its 2019 Hall of Fame class as an honorary member.
The only non-player or coach inducted, the blimp is being recognized for its contributions to college football as the game celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.
National Football Foundation Chairman Archie Manning said, “Its presence is intrinsically known and tied to the traditions that make college football so great.”
The airships’ legacy will be commemorated at a new exhibit in Atlanta’s College Football Hall of Fame, which showcases historical blimp artifacts, video footage, and pictures.
In August, AOPA had the chance to go behind the scenes with Wingfoot Three—one of Goodyear’s blimps based in Akron, Ohio.