After seeing a Goodyear Blimp floating above a recent Notre Dame / Michigan State football game, our kids had one simple question:
Is there a bathroom on the blimp?
This question followed a long exposition on my part on the subjects of Hydrogen, Helium, gas densities, buoyancy, and the Hindenburg. But some things are clearly more important to kids than the chemistry and physics of blimp aerodynamics. I was stumped. I had no idea if the gondolas were big enough for bathrooms. A fair amount of web work or googling yielded no answer to the question, so we wrote to Goodyear. Today, we got this response:
Thank you for your note and interest in the Goodyear blimp. There are no bathrooms in the blimp, and although the blimp can stay
airborne for up to 20 hrs, during events and such the blimp is flying between 3-8 hrs with break times.
Fair enough. But 20 hours seems like an awfully long time to go without a bathroom break.