August 11, 1955 Franklin Augustus “Frank” Seiberling, an entrepreneur and inventor who left a lasting imprint on the production of tires for motor vehicles, died in his longtime hometown of Akron, Ohio. “Frank Augustus Seiberling was a man of large gestures, lordly gambles, strong friendships, occasional humor, and invariable fighting courage,” noted the next day’s […]

1955: A Leading Transportation Entrepreneur Reaches the End of the Road — Transportation History

Seiberling and his brother were founders of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, whose blimp graced Chet’s beloved Langley Day in 1939. But the Seiberlings were long gone from Goodyear by then, having left in 1921. Shortly thereafter Frank founded another tire manufacturer which would eventually become part of Firestone.

The Goodyear blimp at the 1939 Langley Day competition, College Park, MD.