USS Akron (ZRS-4), a helium-filled rigid airship of the Navy, â€œshowed the flagâ€ in flights over Puget Sound Navy Yard on May 24, 1932. Akron also served as a flying aircraft carrier for launching and recovering F9C Sparrowhawk fighter planes. It was destroyed in a thunderstorm off the coast of New Jersey in April 1933, killing 73 of the 76 crew members and passengers aboard. Akronâ€™s loss spelled the beginning of the end for the rigid airship in the Navy.
A pair of Zeppelins by Dr. Paul Wolff & Tritschler Alfred, Photographers: The first German photo agency, founded in 1927
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