The town of Goodyear was born as a result of the formation of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation (GAC) which came into existence in December 1939 as an offshoot of the earlier Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation which built lighter-than-air craft.
The technology in light metal alloys developed
for use in the airships Akron and Macon was responsible for the
first military contracts awarded to GAC. The Glenn L. Martin Company,
which produced the B-26 Maurader bomber, asked Goodyear to design and
build the ailerons and flaps for the B-26.
The U.S. economy accelerated under orders for war
commodities in Europe and Goodyear expanded production to keep
pace. GAC's successful work as an airframe builder was noticed by
several major aircraft manufacturers and thus received early
contracts to work on the Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bomber, the
Curtiss-Wright P-40 Warhawk fighter, Navy patrol blimps and training
There are a variety of attractions in Goodyear. A
fun place to spend the day is the Duncan's Family Farm. The farm has a
petting area, antique tractor display, farmer's market and much
There are many special events such as Easter egg
hunts and festivals that make a trip to the farm a memorable one.
A great outdoor activity in Goodyear is the
Estrella Mountain Regional Park. This 19,840-acre park offers
hiking, camping, horseback riding and picnicking.
There is also an 18-hole golf course set against a
beautiful backdrop of natural desert beauty and check out the Cool
Desert Jazz Festival in October.