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(AZCentral)   It's been 80 years since the crash of the USS Akron and this article makes clear just how dangerous those airships were   ( divider line
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2013-04-01 12:41:38 AM  
Considering that the whole reason the US Navy wanted zeppelins was for scouting an enemy fleet, you would think they'd have been declared obsolete as soon as a few other navies got aircraft carriers, whose planes could easily find the gasbag and shoot it full of holes.
2013-04-01 12:43:59 AM  
2013-04-01 01:04:23 AM  

vossiewulf: MadSkillz: So, they fly until they run out of gas and crash?

Grumman F9C Sparrowhawk.

You might say they land Northrop Grumman style.
2013-04-01 01:21:02 AM  

Xyphoid: Off topic, but how can I configure no-script to beat this site's little black-out popup of "we need javascript for this site?"

I remember an update saying something about a shift click, but not sure what to do here other than F5+well timed escape.
There's an alternative to messing with NoScript's configuration.  At least in Firefox: View -> Page Style -> No Style, then scroll down and read the plain text article like it's 1996.  Turns out that "Javascript must be enabled" bullshiat is implemented through CSS or something.  Tends to work for sites that don't show you the image with the article without enabling javascript on half a dozen domains too.
2013-04-01 03:41:46 AM  

Oldiron_79: ProdigalSigh:

They need another Crimson Skies game.

2013-04-01 04:16:42 AM  
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If pirates traveled in this kind of style, I'd be considerably less cavalier about hunting them down
2013-04-01 06:35:16 AM  
April Fools, people. There was no USS Akron. The USS Macon was just a soundstage in Hollywood.
The point was not to have zeppelins. It was to make the Germans think we had zeppelins. That really old guy at church was just in on the plan. 
Admiral Moffett and those 73 sailors all defected to the Soviet Union, which was a very fashionable travel destination during the depression.
2013-04-01 06:56:59 AM  
International Akron Re-enactment Society just doesn't have the same ring to it
2013-04-01 08:08:26 AM  

sno man: UNC_Samurai: DMB

A quick google turned up nothing other than that joke for the Italian Navy...(Actually one other bad Italian Navy joke about the Admiral needing a glass bottom boat to inspect the fleet.) But it comes up for the German Coast Guard... 
The Deutscher Marinebund 
so there's that.

Yeah, as far as I can tell, they're a combination of social club and amateur trade association for boating enthusiasts and navy veterans who still like to get out on the water.  I know they are one of the major supporters of the Navy Memorial in Laboe.
2013-04-01 08:37:24 AM  
Akron- the forgotten mistake.

Tell me about it. I live there.
2013-04-01 08:52:16 AM  
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2013-04-01 09:15:49 AM  
My great-grandfather perished in the USS Akron crash.  It crashed a lot, but that was the last time, obviously.
2013-04-01 09:18:46 AM  

fluffy2097: /Like fark this page needs javascript to load.

Firefox extension "Nuke Anything Enhanced" will get rid of that annoying "film", among other things.
2013-04-01 10:21:42 AM  

i upped my meds-up yours: Considering that the whole reason the US Navy wanted zeppelins was for scouting an enemy fleet, you would think they'd have been declared obsolete as soon as a few other navies got aircraft carriers, whose planes could easily find the gasbag and shoot it full of holes.

Well, that's why these airships sometimes had their own defense fleet of docked planes:
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The idea was, if there were enemy aircraft near, the pilots would hop down the ladder, get in the plane, launch, and defend the airship.
Coming back and docking was the difficult part.
I think my acquaintance at church was the pilots of one of these planes.
2013-04-01 10:37:44 AM  
The Akron was the one on the east coast and the Macon was on the west coast, IIRC. The Macon was stored at Hangar One at Moffett Airfield, which was the largest freestanding building without internal supports at the time of its construction. It's so big it has its own weather inside. That's the building that the Mythbusters use occasionally for stuff like when they tried the seven-fold myth or the helium football. I think NASA owns it now, but the word was it had to be renovated because of toxic chemicals.
2013-04-01 01:57:33 PM  
Unfortunately, everybody but some historical types wants Hangar One torn down.
2013-04-01 02:22:16 PM  
Aaaaand (since my [ " ] button has stopped working)...the zeps were for scouting, but the F9Cs were for advance scouting. Meet up with a squadron from the nearest carrier and your own planes were a) hopelessly outnumbered or b) gone. All hands to the nonexistent life rafts.
2013-04-01 02:36:50 PM  
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The future shines bright before us, and Airships lead the way!
Arise and take to the air, lads and lasses strong!

/In her Majesty's Airship Corps
2013-04-01 02:52:48 PM  

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.

Article mentioned that the ship  had such equipment, but that it had been transfered to another airship and not yet replaced.
2013-04-01 04:53:59 PM  
Welcome to the depression. Absolute faith in new technology plus tight budgets usually means trouble is coming.
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