MadSkillz: So, they fly until they run out of gas and crash?
Vodka Zombie: What blows my mind is completely unprepared people were when it came to crossing the freakin Atlantic. Even after a few hundred years, there was never any urge to have lifevests or rafts on anything.
vossiewulf: MadSkillz: So, they fly until they run out of gas and crash?Grumman F9C Sparrowhawk.
fluffy2097: Better to drown then to die of exposure.
powhound: vossiewulf: MadSkillz: So, they fly until they run out of gas and crash?Grumman F9C Sparrowhawk.Most days end with me being dumber at the end of the day after a few hours lurking on Fark. This is not one of those days.
antidisestablishmentarianism: No Archer rigid airship picture?
puckrock2000: Lt. Cmdr. Herbert Wiley, Moody Erwin and Richard Deal were pulled from the frigid waters by a German tanker that had been nearby.A year later, Wiley was the commanding officer on the USS Macon when it was lost in a storm off of Port Sur, Calif., also killing two crew members. Wiley survived, but that was it for him and airships.I think the only person unluckier than Wiley was Tsutomu Yamaguchi.
AtlanticCoast63: ...Wondered what happened to LCDR Wiley, and lo, the Innertubes tells us: (from www.findagrave.com)In 1932, Lt. Commander Wiley was appointed executive officer of the airship USS Akron. On April 4, 1933, the Akron crashed off the coast of New Jersey as a result of high winds, killing all but three men, with Wiley being the sole surviving officer among them. Also killed on the Akron was the chief of the airship program, Rear Admiral William Moffett. In 1934, Commander Wiley was appointed commanding officer of the Navy's last airship, USS Macon, a post he held until 1935, when the Macon crashed off the coast of California killing two members of her crew. With the outbreak of World War Two, Captain Wiley commanded a Destroyer squadron in the Pacific Theater until 1944, when he was appointed Captain of the USS West Virginia, a post he held until the end of the war. He retired at the rank of Rear Admiral in 1947.This guy had a set of Unfeasibly Large Brass Ones.
wildsnowllama: The Germans seemed to do fine till the Hindenburg. In all honesty, every time I'm in New Jersey I feel like bursting into flames.
Xanadone: puckrock2000: Lt. Cmdr. Herbert Wiley, Moody Erwin and Richard Deal were pulled from the frigid waters by a German tanker that had been nearby.A year later, Wiley was the commanding officer on the USS Macon when it was lost in a storm off of Port Sur, Calif., also killing two crew members. Wiley survived, but that was it for him and airships.I think the only person unluckier than Wiley was Tsutomu Yamaguchi.Wasn't there some woman who survived the Olympic, the Britannic, and the Titanic disasters? A nurse or such?
phamwaa: vossiewulf: MadSkillz: So, they fly until they run out of gas and crash?Grumman F9C Sparrowhawk.I like this one better./Still a crazy-ass-idea//You choose the hyphen
ISO15693: We have a guy in our LDS ward (i.e. congregation) who served on the USS Macon... he's in his late 90's but still mentally sharp. He always tells jokes at church, and funny stories about the navy from that time.My favorite story is how he was in line to enlist (or be sent somewhere, I don't remember the exact detail), then his girlfriend showed up, so he had a buddy keep his place in line, while went to a different floor with his girlfriend, got married, then got back in line.His jokes are a bit dated though... He came up to me after church one day and said "Hey, do you know what the DMB on Italian warships stands for?" "no" "It stands for..Dats-a My Boat-a!" - I still don't know what the "DMB" really means...After his 70th anniversary with his wife, someone asked him what his secret was, and he just said "Yes Dear."Funny guy.
ISO15693: I still don't know what the "DMB" really means
MadSkillz: Here's what I don't get. You mount airplanes in it for launching, but it doesn't appear to have any way to get the airplane back in the zepplin. So, they fly until they run out of gas and crash?
HotWingAgenda: A day after the Akron disaster, a blimp sent out to look for bodies malfunctioned and crashedJesus freaking Christ. Hey guys, turns out these blimp things are death traps. What should we do? Eh, go get another blimp out of the hangar and send it after the last one.
UNC_Samurai: ISO15693: I still don't know what the "DMB" really means
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