May 5, 2022 · The largest airship to be built in the United States since the 1930s is expected to start taking shape later this year inside the Akron Airdock, with its first flight possibly coming in 2023. And the beginnings of the project involved a get-together for a cup of coffee years ago at the Courtyard by Marriott on the outskirts of downtown Akron.
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May 6, 2022 · A new generation of airships is being built inside the historic Akron air dock. The lighter-than-air ships will be used to deliver humanitarian aid to disaster zones around the world. A California-based company is building a new generation of airships in Akron. LTA Research is funded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
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Mar 7, 2021 · The Akron Airdock is being sold to Lockheed Martin, which will lease the cavernous building to Lighter Than Air Research of California. Pending Environmental Protection Agency approval, the airdock will be LTA’s headquarters for manufacturing and flight operations. It’s the latest chapter in a storied history.
The Goodyear Airdock in Akron, Ohio, was constructed in 1929 by the Goodyear Zepplin Corporation from plans created by the Wilbur Watson Engineering Company of Cleveland, Ohio. Work began on April 20, 1929, and by November 25 the Airdock was completed at a cost of $2.2 million.
Remediation Akron, Ohio Request Documents Lockheed Martin acquired the Airdock, a former Goodyear Zeppelin facility, in 1997. Built in 1929, the airship hangar was designed to construct and store lighter-than-air ships, including the famous Goodyear Blimp. Additionally, the Airdock is so large it could fit seven football fields inside.
Nov 14, 2014 · Built in 1929, the almost unbelievably huge Goodyear Airdock in Akron, Ohio, was created as a space where blimps, airships, and dirigibles could be constructed, but building such a massive...