(FORTUNE) — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has scrapped its eponymous blimp, and this summer will replace it with an airship designed by ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH of Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Yes, that Zeppelin. The one used by the German military to bomb the Allies in World War I. It later became the first trans-Atlantic airliner and, of course, manufactured the airship Hindenburg—named for the president of Germany — which exploded near Lakehurst, N.J. on May 6, 1937, killing 35.
The NT, for new technology airship, will be larger, faster and, due to advanced controls, more maneuverable. Its construction is semi-rigid, as opposed to the soft balloon that it replaces. Just as automobile tires today look more or less the same as always even though they’re more sophisticated and capable, airship technology continues to advance – a point Goodyear is underscoring with the NT.
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