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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", designed to carry biplane parasite aircraft, five single-seat Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk for scouting or two-seat Fleet N2Y-1 for training.

  2. › wiki › USS_MaconUSS Macon - Wikipedia

    USS Macon has been the name of more than one United States Navy ship or airship, and may refer to: USS Macon (ZRS-5), an airship commissioned in 1933 and destroyed in a crash in 1935 USS Macon (PF-96), a planned patrol frigate cancelled in 1943 USS Macon (CA-132), a Baltimore -class heavy cruiser commissioned in 1945 and struck in 1969

  3. Aug 19, 2015 · SILVER SPRING, Md. – Eighty years ago, the Navy’s last flying aircraft carrier crashed off the coast of California and sank to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The sinking of USS Macon (ZRS-5), a lighter-than-air rigid airship, resulted in few deaths but its loss ended the Navy’s quest to use airships as long-range scouts for the fleet.

  4. Dec 20, 2021 · In the late 1920s the US began testing their use as flying aircraft carriers, able to launch and recover planes from the air. This led to the construction of two airships: the USS Akron and its sister, USS Macon, among the largest airships ever built. Dec 20, 2021 | 13:49 | Josh Geiger. Show More.

  5. Launched by the U.S. Navy in 1933, the airship USS Macon was one of the largest flying machines in history, but after just two years of service, disaster struck. The Macon would be the nation's last great airship.

  6. 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.

  7. The Macon, the last of the Navy’s dirigibles, was built at a cost of $2.5 million by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Company of Akron, Ohio, a joint venture between the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and the Zeppelin Company of Germany. The Macon: a New Class of Airship The Macon pushed the envelope in every conceivable way.

  8. May 26, 2023 · Credit: NOAA-MBNMS Download USS Macon ZRS-5 inflight. The airship was 785 feet in length and was referred to as a "flying aircraft carrier." Underneath the airship is an aircraft secured in the hangar bay opening just aft of the control car. Credit: Robert Schwemmer, Maritime Library Download

  9. › aircraft-usn-m › uss-macon-zrs-5USS Macon (ZRS-5) - NHHC

    Built at Akron, Ohio, USS Macon was a rigid airship, which first flew in April 1933. Designed in 1926, along with sister ship, USS Akron (ZRS-4), to utilize Helium gas, the 6,500,000 cubic...

  10. The German airship Hindenburg was kept aloft by hydrogen, a more flammable gas than helium, and burst into flames on May 6, 1937. The Macon. The Macon could fly at a top speed of eighty miles per hour. Flying at top speed it would take over 37 hours for the Macon to cross the United States.

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