Todays Document • USS Akron in Flight




USS Akron in Flight

The ill-fated airship USS Akron (ZRS-4) was launched on August 8, 1931.  Designed as a potential flying aircraft carrier, this reel of stock Navy footage includes scenes of theAkron launching and retrieving its complement of Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk “parasite fighters.”

Todays Document • USS Akron in Flight The ill-fated airship USS….

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  1. August 21, 2012 at 5:52 am

    The MZ-3A will be missed. But as long as she still esitxs, there is hope she will return to service. I wonder, though, what the politics were behind her mothballing. She’s less than a decade old, positively sprightly for an airship, which can have service lives over half a century. As the article stated, she was mothballed for lack of a mission. But that’s absurd. Even if she didn’t have a role that only she could perform, an airship like her could do any number of useful things and missions cheaper and far more effectively than a helicopter.This leads me to believe that she is being singled out as a scapegoat for cheap political points, under the guise of cutting pork , no matter how contrary to the truth that is. An airship is a convenient target, literally and metaphorically, because in the minds of the people with the red pens, big=expensive, and cutting expense=reelection.Bring MZ-3A out of retirement!

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