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  1. USS Macon (ZRS-5) was a rigid airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting and served as a "flying aircraft carrier", carrying up to five single-seat Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk parasite biplanes for scouting or two-seat Fleet N2Y-1s for training.

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  2. U.S.S. Macon (ZRS-5) was a virtually identical copy of her sister ship, U.S.S. Akron, with some minor modifications and improvements. The airship was christened by wife of Admiral William Moffett on March 11, 1933, and made its first flight on April 21, 1933.

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  3. Aug 19, 2015 · Learn about the history and legacy of USS Macon, a rigid airship that crashed off the coast of California in 1935, ending the Navy's experiment with airships as scouts for the fleet. See how scientists and archaeologists explored the wreck site in 2015, mapping and studying the remains of the airship and its biplanes.

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  4. Learn about the USS Macon, the U.S. Navy's last great airship that crashed in 1935 and disappeared until 1990. See photos and videos of the 2015 expedition to map and survey the wreck site and its four Sparrowhawk biplanes.

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  5. Aug 19, 2015 · The two airships, USS Akron (ZRS-4) and USS Macon (ZRS-5), were commissioned into the fleet to serve as early intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance motherships. Sailors lived aboard the airship, complete with a galley and other amenities, and the biplanes would go out on scouting missions as needed.

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  6. The Underwater Airship. Exploring the wreckage of the USS Macon, which went down off the California coast 80 years ago.

  7. Oct 11, 2023 · The USS Macon, a massive rigid airship commissioned by the US Navy, was renowned for its innovative design, allowing it to serve as a “flying aircraft carrier” by housing and deploying Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk biplane fighters.

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