28 September 2006

USS Macon photos

The folks who were looking for the wreckage of USS Macon (ZRS 5) have met with success - you can read about it (and look at a couple of photos) here. I think the thing that surprises me the most is how good a condition the Sparrowhawks are in.

Macon, built in Ohio by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation, was commissioned on 11 Mar 1933. 785 feet long and 132 feet in diameter, the airship carried five Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk biplanes and had a crew of 76. She was lost during a storm off the California coast on 12 Feb 1935. All but two of the crew were saved. (Her sister ship, USS Akron ZRS 4, had been destroyed in a storm off New Jersey on 4 Apr 1933.)

For more about Macon, see here.

For more about Akron, see here.

For more about the Sparrowhawk, see here.

Edit: Another good article acout the wreck's current state can be found here.

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