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Goodyear to give Tupelo tire plant employees rides in famous blimp

Goodyear blimp
Photo courtesy of Goodyear

The famous Goodyear blimp will be making its way to Tupelo on Wednesday as a form of gratitude to Cooper Tire and Rubber plant employees who overcame the April 1 tornado that destroyed the facility.

The blimp is expected to arrive at the north Mississippi city on Wednesday around 2 p.m. and will be on display outside the Tupelo Regional Airport.

On Thursday, employees from the Cooper Tire and Rubber plant will have the opportunity to ride in the blimp throughout the day.

Rides will not be available for the general public. However, residents will be permitted to take pictures until the blimp exits the town Thursday evening.

Flights will begin at 10 a.m. and end just after 4:15 p.m. Each flight will pass over the tire plant.

Goodyear, which is celebrating 125 years of operation, assumed ownership of the Tupelo tire manufacturing facility in 2021.

As of 2022, there were only 25 blimps remaining in the world, and only half of them are in use.

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