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Scrapbook 1963, 1982: Over Schenectady and Albany in the Goodyear Blimp

The blimp over Schenectady Aug. 1, 1982. Visible is St. Joseph's Church, the Schenectady County Courthouse and no Schenectady County Jail (Current version built later).
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The blimp over Schenectady Aug. 1, 1982. Visible is St. Joseph's Church, the Schenectady County Courthouse and no Schenectady County Jail (Current version built later).

SCRAPBOOK – People in many American communities watched the skies every spring and summer — they never knew when the Goodyear blimp would soar over avenues and alleyways.

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This week’s Scrapbook takes a look at two blimp visits to the area – and two reporters’ trip up for the ride.

Gazette file photos by Ed Schultz (1982) and Sid Brown (1963)

A Goodyear ground crew prepares to help company airship “Columbia” land in Albany in 1963.

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Roy Belotti, who lived in Oxnard, Calif. and was a retired lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy, keeps and eye on the sky — and his controls — inside Goodyear’s “Columbia” on Aug. 21, 1963.

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Schenectady Gazette reporter Tommy Kahan prepares to board the six-passenger gondola of Goodyear’s “Columbia,” the $750,000 blimp that had been christened Aug. 18, 1963. Kahan took his ride into the sky on Aug. 21, 1963.

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Schenectady Gazette reporter Tommy Kahan talks to Goodyear sky pilot Roy Belotti during an ascension above Albany County on Aug. 21, 1963

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The Goodyear blimp flies above Schenectady’s General Electric Co. on Aug. 1, 1982.

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Read: Carl Strock’s original story from 1982 – Ever Had a Ride on a Drunken Camel? Then Try Flying the Goodyear Blimp

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The front end of the Goodyear blimp points toward the heavens on Aug. 1, 1982.

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The blimp over Schenectady Aug. 1, 1982. Visible is St. Joseph’s Church, the Schenectady County Courthouse and no Schenectady County Jail (Current version built later).

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“The view from here” was way up for reporter Carl Strock on August 1, 1982, the day he hitched a ride in the visiting Goodyear blimp. Strock looks a little tuckered out, but he recovered to write a piece for the next day’s Schenectady Gazette.

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Goodyear blimp pilot Pat Henry gives Daily Gazette reporter Carl Strock the lowdown on updrafts and other high points that come with touring the United States in one of the tire company’s three airships

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Read: Carl Strock’s original story from 1982 – Ever Had a Ride on a Drunken Camel? Then Try Flying the Goodyear Blimp

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