According to a release issued Thursday, the official christening will take place Saturday, Aug. 23, in Suffield.
Roberts will be among several distinguished women who have christened previous blimps: astronaut Dr. Sally Ride in 2000 and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart in 1929.
Roberts has a family legacy with both Goodyear and Akron.
“This is incredibly meaningful to my family,” Roberts said in the release. “My great grandfather moved his family from down south to Akron in 1918 to work for Goodyear. Never could he have imagined that one day one of his descendants would be asked to christen the blimp. I’m very honored.”
Roberts’ grandfather, William Tolliver, also worked at Goodyear. Her late mother, Lucimarian Roberts, was born in Akron and graduated from East High School, which is just a few blocks from Goodyear’s headquarters.
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