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Early 1950s - the Goodyear Blimp L-Ship Enterprise N3A on the northeast side of Watson Island
1950's Courtesy of Stan Meade

Early 1950's - the Goodyear Blimp L-Ship Enterprise N3A on the northeast side of Watson Island

Northeast side of Watson Island, Miami, Florida


Thank you to Stan Meade for contributing this great old image of the Enterprise.


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Don Boyd02-Sep-2014 03:32
Those of us in South Florida were uniquely lucky in being able to go up in the Goodyear Blimps when they were based in the winter on Watson Island. Goodyear never offered blimp rides to the public in other cities hosting a blimp and it was because their lease on Watson Island with the City of Miami required it.

Don
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Guest 01-Sep-2014 20:49
David Bulgarelli
I can remember my brother and I going up in the mid 50's. My parents were in Miami for a meeting and gave us the opportunity to go. I have always remembered what a great unusual occasion
Tom Wnuck 21-Jul-2012 00:02
I remember my Mother taking me down to Watson Island & forking over the 5 bucks..what a thrill..I got an extra long ride because there was a WTVJ cameraman aboard filming the construction progress of the Julia Tuttle Causeway..cannot remeber the exact date but it is an unforgettable childhood memory for me
Jeffrey Alman03-Mar-2010 02:36
remember how awesome it was to see it fly over you at dusk in the summer with the fantastic multi-colored lights flashing a fantastic (pre-computerized world) design and the rumble? roar? buzz? VIBRATION of it's engine(s)
Don Boyd27-Nov-2009 00:54
Goodyear used to sell Christmas gift certificates good for a ride and I think they were about that price in the late 50's. I got a certificate every Christmas and went up every year a month or so later and I loved it. The tickets were $10 in the mid 1970's and the last time I went up we had a party of 6 and we filled the gondola's six seats. It truly was awesome and it's a real shame that Miami lost the blimp to Pompano Beach.

Don
Lee Martines26-Nov-2009 20:46
I remember when you could take a ride on the Goodyear blimps over Miami for $5. That was several hours salary at that time, so I never did get to go, and have regretted it ever since.
Jeff 20-Oct-2009 13:32
Photo from the Seth and Myrna Bramson Collection... originally owned by me.

Photographer either the late Ernie W. Skog of Ernie's Studio & Camera Center or Bob DeGise of Florida Photo.