Goodyear "Pilgrim" Gondola

Goodyear "Pilgrim" Gondola

     

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Physical Description:
Metal enclosure with plexiglas windows, painted silver with blue and yellow stripes; wood paneled interior with pilot's seat and 2 passenger seats; 3 cylinder radial engine, 4 bladed propeller.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Airship Operations

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
Boeing Aviation Hangar

Type
CRAFT-Balloons & Parts

Materials
FRAME - STEEL
INTERIOR - WOOD PANELING
SKIN - ALUMINUM

Goodyear Airship Pilgrim

In the mid-1920s the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio, built a fleet of small civil airships that were used to demonstrate the value of lighter-than-air flight and to train future airship pilots. One of those airships - the Pilgrim -- was the first ever designed for inflation with helium. It first flew at Akron, Ohio, on June 3, with pilot Jack Yolton at the controls, and was christened on July 18 by Mrs. P. W. Litchfield, wife of the president of Goodyear. By the time the Pilgrim was retired on December 30, 1931, it had made 4,765 flights, carried 5,355 passengers, flown a total of 2,880 hours, and covered 153,000 kilometers (95,000 miles).

The gondola, or control car, had a magnesium-coated steel-tube framework covered with thin metal sheeting. It could accommodate the pilot and two passengers in the comfort of blue mohair velour upholstered seats with mahogany finished veneer.

Gift of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Length: 4.4 meters (14 feet 6 inches)

Width: 1.1 meters (3 feet, 9 inches)

Height: 1.7 meters (5 feet 9 inches)

Weight: 987 kilograms (2, 175 pounds)

Balloon Envelope: 1,157 cu m (55,000 cu ft) helium

Range: 845 km (525 mi) at 64 km/h (40 mph)

Fuel Capacity: 151 L (40 gal)

Engine: Lawrence L-4, 60 hp, 3-cylinder, air-cooled; Reed four-blade propeller

Manufacturer: Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, 1925

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Physical Description:
Metal enclosure with plexiglas windows, painted silver with blue and yellow stripes; wood paneled interior with pilot's seat and 2 passenger seats; 3 cylinder radial engine, 4 bladed propeller.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Airship Operations

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
Boeing Aviation Hangar

Type
CRAFT-Balloons & Parts

Materials
FRAME - STEEL
INTERIOR - WOOD PANELING
SKIN - ALUMINUM

Goodyear Airship Pilgrim

In the mid-1920s the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio, built a fleet of small civil airships that were used to demonstrate the value of lighter-than-air flight and to train future airship pilots. One of those airships - the Pilgrim -- was the first ever designed for inflation with helium. It first flew at Akron, Ohio, on June 3, with pilot Jack Yolton at the controls, and was christened on July 18 by Mrs. P. W. Litchfield, wife of the president of Goodyear. By the time the Pilgrim was retired on December 30, 1931, it had made 4,765 flights, carried 5,355 passengers, flown a total of 2,880 hours, and covered 153,000 kilometers (95,000 miles).

The gondola, or control car, had a magnesium-coated steel-tube framework covered with thin metal sheeting. It could accommodate the pilot and two passengers in the comfort of blue mohair velour upholstered seats with mahogany finished veneer.

Gift of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Length: 4.4 meters (14 feet 6 inches)

Width: 1.1 meters (3 feet, 9 inches)

Height: 1.7 meters (5 feet 9 inches)

Weight: 987 kilograms (2, 175 pounds)

Balloon Envelope: 1,157 cu m (55,000 cu ft) helium

Range: 845 km (525 mi) at 64 km/h (40 mph)

Fuel Capacity: 151 L (40 gal)

Engine: Lawrence L-4, 60 hp, 3-cylinder, air-cooled; Reed four-blade propeller

Manufacturer: Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, 1925

ID: A19330024000