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Goodyear Pony Blimp / Type A / Type AA

Although short lived, the FD was soon to be followed by three much smaller craft of 35,500 cu ft which were known as "Pony Blimps". These were described as aerial runabouts, but their high initial cost and expense of operation precluded their large-scale adoption by private owners. The first example was the Type A with a pusher engine built in December, 1919, the second and third being tractor engined Type AA, completed in April and June, 1920. No more of this type were built for civil use but the design attracted the interest of the military, with the result that the Army bought four Type AA in 1920-21, numbering them OA-1 to 4.
 


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