Goodyear Aviation Innovations

Goodyear Innovation Firsts

Every one of our Goodyear Firsts was a product of hard work and commitment.
Commitment to the spirit of flight. Here are just a few of our notable achievements over the past 100 years.

Goodyear developed the first pneumatic aircraft tire, replacing the runners and bicycle tires on pioneer airplanes like the Wright flyer.

1909
1909

Goodyear tires on US Navy's first aircraft, Curtiss A-1.

1911
1911

Goodyear introduces the first retreadable aircraft tire.

1927
1927

Goodyear creates new low-pressure Airwheel tire, which becomes industry standard.

1928
1928

Goodyear develops first tire with rayon plies for airplanes, providing a better "toughness to weight" ratio than cotton.

1939
1939

Goodyear develops first aviation tire with nylon cord for use on combat aircraft. Nylon tire construction is still used today in many tough aviation applications.

1942
1942

Goodyear produces over 4,000 Corsair fighters for the US Navy and Marine Corps, built largely by a female work force.

1943
1943

First flight of the amphibious aircraft called the Drake, designed and built by Goodyear Aircraft Corporation.

1944
1944

Goodyear builds the experimental Inflatoplane aircraft for the U.S. military, an entirely inflatable design for use in rescue missions.

1956
1956

Goodyear begins its exclusive supply of tires with Air Southwest (later named Southwest Airlines), which even today still lands 100% on Goodyear tires.

1967
1967

Goodyear Flight Custom II becomes first bias ply aircraft tire with Aramid fabric.

1980
1980

Goodyear makes first radial tire approved by the FAA.

1983
1983

Goodyear Flight Custom II tires chosen for the first nonstop, unrefueled around the world flight of 9 days, 3 minutes, and 44 seconds on Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager.

1986
1986

Goodyear launches into the Regional Jet segment as OE supplier for the Bombardier CRJ 100/200.

1992
1992

Goodyear tires on SpaceShipOne. SpaceShipOne first achieved supersonic flight on December 17, 2003, which was also the one-hundredth anniversary of the Wright Brothers' historic first powered flight.

2003
2003

Goodyear introduces patented aluminum core bead to reduce tire weight.

2008
2008

Goodyear begins supply of the new, next generation Flight Eagle LT aircraft tires for the Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 light jets.

2009
2009

Goodyear tires on Gulfstream G650. Gulfstream G650 was named 2014 winner of the Collier Trophy, for having “strengthened business aviation through significant technological advancements in aircraft performance, cabin comfort, and safety.”

Kauh, Elaine (12 March 2015). "Gulfstream G650 Wins 2014 Collier Trophy". Avweb.

2014
2014
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