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  1. May 5, 2022 · The largest airship to be built in the United States since the 1930s is expected to start taking shape later this year inside the Akron Airdock, with its first flight possibly coming in 2023. And the beginnings of the project involved a get-together for a cup of coffee years ago at the Courtyard by Marriott on the outskirts of downtown Akron.

    • Jim Mackinnon
    • Jim Mackinnon, Business Reporter
  2. May 6, 2022 · A new generation of airships is being built inside the historic Akron air dock. The lighter-than-air ships will be used to deliver humanitarian aid to disaster zones around the world. A California-based company is building a new generation of airships in Akron. LTA Research is funded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

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  4. Mar 8, 2021 · City of Akron Press Release. From the desk of City of Akron Press Office. Published: 03-08-2021. Akron, Ohio, March 8, 2021 — Nearly 100 years after the first rigid airship was built in Akron, LTA Research, an aerospace research and development company, is renewing research and investment into airship aviation technology in Akron.

  5. Mar 8, 2021 · Akron Airdock sale approved; landmark closer to starting airship production. The Akron Airdock on Monday got closer to having Lockheed Martin as its new owner, and as a result, closer to being a place where new airships will be made again. The Development Finance Authority of Summit County, which has owned the local landmark since 2006 ...

    • Jim Mackinnon
    • Jim Mackinnon, Business Reporter
  6. Mar 5, 2021 · Akron is going to be back in the airship-building business. And no, this time it won't be an iconic Goodyear blimp. LTA Research and Exploration, a secretive California company created by Google co-founder and billionaire Sergey Brin, is partnering with the University of Akron to use the historic Akron Airdock to develop state-of-the-art, electric-powered zero emission airships.

    • Jim Mackinnon
    • Jim Mackinnon, Business Reporter
  7. Mar 7, 2021 · Construction was still underway when the airdock welcomed two gigantic visitors on the same day. The USS Los Angeles, a rigid airship 658 feet long, 104 feet high and 90 feet in diameter, soared over Akron at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 28, 1929, on the way to the National Air Races in Cleveland. It was a warmup act for the headliner.

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