What happened to blimps — And why airships may make a comeback
Blimps were once at the forefront of aviation—at least before airplanes innovated past their lighter-than-air technology. Now, airships are often used for advertising or aerial broadcasting, which is exactly how Goodyear utilizes its fleet of airships. In fact, in the U.S. there are only 124 pilots with a rating to fly an airship and a mere 39 registered airships, according to the FAA. Now, a small handful of companies want to change that.