Ask Chris: Hitching a Ride on the Goodyear Blimp

How mere mortals can get a ticket to fly

Q: How can I ride the Goodyear blimp?

A: The 192-foot-long airship has hovered over the city since 1920, when Goodyear had a factory on Central Avenue. Conceived as a mode of industrial transport, the impractical ride was a far better PR stunt. Since 1966, the blimp’s home has been a field off the 405 in Carson, where the company offers non-employee excursions through charity auctions. This month Goodyear hosts a Toys for Tots benefit with a flight for five as the prize. You might be able to hop a ride before the new fleet lifts off in 2016.

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