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Londoners thrilled to spot Goodyear blimp over London sites such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the Shard

MyLondon logo MyLondon 14/05/2022 Ella Bennett
The Goodyear blimp © BPM The Goodyear blimp

Londoners were thrilled today after spotting the Goodyear blimp return to London skies on Saturday, May 14. The iconic blimp was cruising above some of the city's incredible sites such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the Shard.

While it may be common to spot blimps at sporting events in the US, they're not a regular sight here in London. The Goodyear blimp is currently in the UK to film aerial views of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on May 14 and 15.

The Goodyear blimp is a semi-rigid Zeppelin NT airship that is 75m-long and has a maximum speed of 78mph. The airship carries two pilots and can hold up to 14 passengers as it cruises as its ideal height of 300m.

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Many Londoners took to social media to share their sightings of the iconic blimp in the sky.

One pleased Londoner shared an image to Twitter and said: "Can’t remember the last time I saw a #goodyearblimp over London. Or any blimp at all. A real treat on this surprisingly bright spring day."

Another tweeted: "Timed my morning walk right and spotted a blimp on its way into London."

A third Londoner said: "Wow! Just saw the Goodyear Blimp flyover in Eltham SE London #GoodyearBlimp."

Goodyear’s aircraft appeared in the UK last year, which was the first time in over a decade. As well as passing over London, Goodyear is taking the blimp over to Europe for a tour.

According to the Metro, Sonia Leneveu, Goodyear’s Marketing Director Consumer Europe, said: "This year, Goodyear will draw further on its legacy and heritage with the iconic Goodyear Blimp once again flying above Europe.

"The tour will cover major motorsport events, as well as more cities, allowing residents to see the airship in the skies above famous European locations.

"In 2022, the flights will take place in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy, following Goodyear’s spirit of going further."

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