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Materials

Tedlar Covers Goodyear Blimp

by Marc S. Reisch
March 24, 2014 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 92, ISSUE 12

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Credit: Goodyear
New Goodyear blimp has a top speed of 73 mph.
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Credit: Goodyear
New Goodyear blimp has a top speed of 73 mph.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber’s newest blimp begins test flights this month. The envelope of the 246-foot-long airship is made of polyester covered with DuPont’s Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride film, which protects surfaces exposed to harsh weather and ultraviolet light. Tedlar films are also used to protect solar-cell modules and aircraft interiors.

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