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  1. U.S.S. Akron (ZRS-4) and U.S.S. Macon (ZRS-5) The United States Navy airships U.S.S. Akron (ZRS-4) and U.S.S. Macon (ZRS-5) were designed for long-range scouting in support of fleet operations. Often referred to as flying aircraft carriers, each of the helium-inflated airships carried F9C-2 Curtiss Sparrowhawk biplanes which could be launched ...

  2. Mar 24, 2024 · The USS Akron (ZRS-4) operated for just over two years between September 1931 and April 1933. It was the world's very first purpose-built flying aircraft carrier. The Akron departed on its maiden cruise to Washington, DC, and on November 3rd, it took to the skies with some 207 people onboard.

  3. Oct 10, 2023 · The USS Akron, launched in 1931, was one of the largest rigid airships ever built and served as a pioneering flying aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy. Designed with an internal hangar, it could deploy and retrieve F9C Sparrowhawk fighter planes in mid-air, offering unique reconnaissance and defense capabilities.

  4. www.history.navy.mil › aircraft-us › aircraft-usn-aUSS Akron (ZRS-4) - NHHC

    USS Akron (ZRS-4), the first ship of her class, was built at Akron, Ohio. Along with his sister ship, USS Macon (ZRS-5), both dirigibles had 6,500,000 cubic feet. Commissioned in October 1931, she performed tests and search exercises in the eastern United States and western Atlantic, including tests with the Scouting Force. In February 1932, she was damaged during a ground-handling accident ...

  5. Feb 6, 2024 · On a late September day in 1931, more than 150,000 people flocked to Akron Municipal Airport to witness a spectacle. The air was abuzz with excitement as the USS Akron -- a 785-foot-long airship ...

  6. Sep 23, 2016 · On this day in 1931, the U.S. Navy airship the USS Akron took its first flight. The Akron is remembered as the first rigid, lighter-than-air ship made in Ohio, and it would become even more famous less than two years later when it was destroyed in the worst airship disaster in the world’s history.

  7. Jan 19, 2018 · The airships of the Akron class, Akron and Macon, were ordered in 1926 before the Great Depression. The two ships were commissioned into U.S. Navy service in 1931 and 1933, respectively.

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