In the aviation context, post-Boomers probably know Goodyear best for their blimps — non-rigid (to distinguish them from the original dirigible) airships that were used extensively for antisubmarine patrols during the war but mostly for aerial advertising and hanging around over outdoor sporting events in later times.. Their contribution to the war effort, even just the aviation part of the war effort, went far beyond that. Goodyear was the original developer of the self-sealing ("bulletproof") fuel tank, which was absolutely critical to America's success in the air. They also produced wheel and brake sets to complement the tires they manufactured, mostly in synthetic rubber that was developed by Goodyear.

From our perspective, though, the notable contributions were their production of subassemblies for prime manufacturers — Consolidated, Grumman, Lockheed, Martin and Northrop — and their licensed production of the Chance Vought Corsair. Goodyear manufactured the FG-1 and FG-2 Corsairs and went on to build the F2G-1 Super Corsair, designed around the Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major 28-cylinder 4-row engine.

Air News did a Corporate Portrait [ HTML ] article on Goodyear at the end of 1945. The article focuses on the organization, key personnel and accomplishments of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation division of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Airships (Blimps)