USS Macon: Construction & First Flight (1)

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Good Year film about the construction & trial flight of the USS Macon; navy dirigible from 1933-1935. The Macon alongside its twin sister ship, the USS Akron, were flying aircraft carriers. Both met untimely ends by crashing into the ocean.

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My grandfather was weather officer on the USS Macon. He was on it when it crashed into the Pacific. He fell 90 feet, stopping briefly halfway down when he got his foot stuck in a line, then all the way down to the sea.
We had all sorts of memorabilia, including his life preserver signed by many members of the crew, but over the years it has apparently vanished, sadly.
I think there were two deaths? He said both occurred when the sunlight reflecting off the water blinded airmen and they stepped off the sinking dirigible hundreds of feet in the air!

Author — Tony Danis

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I'm never not in awe when I see these giants of the sky. So graceful. My fascination with rigid airships was sparked when I was a child and it's never left me.

Author — Mike Maples

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Большое спасибо! Спасибо за комментарий!

Author — Francisco Carvallo

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Old documentaries are the best i swear.

Author — Nick Perez

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Definitely one of the most beautiful ships ever built (in my opinion) Thanks for posting and sharing this film!!! Two thumbs way up!!!

Author — stanleyban

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incredible footage!! thank you! i like how the flight station was not featured very much, but construction and all other areas of the ship were. and a petty officer 2nd class keeping the DR nav plot too! great video. cheers!

Author — mjproebstle

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I live just near NASA Ames where Hangar One was built to house the USS Macon. I've been able to visit Hangar One a handful of times and recently went to visit Point Sur Lighthouse where I learned the Macon crashed.

@Ingress really is an Enlightening game.

Author — Jason McHenry

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Wow. I had no idea. That’s a helluva lot of work.

Author — Misty Chenoweth

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Just the required structures needed to house these craft are very impressive. I've seen the Moffet field one from a distance, and been inside the Tillamook OR one, wow.

Author — portneufflyer

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It's really cool how extensive the lightening holes are in the ship's structure. Every possible gram of unnecessary weight is eliminated

Author — Declan A

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Yup, that's how the song goes! (>:

Author — Francisco Carvallo

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Good film, I love the way they use the same theme music as they did in the Bugs Bunny cartoons!! :)

Author — Ron Ratcliffe

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LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA NA NA NA YA YA hai BAI

Author — Convea

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I always thought it was tha Akron that had 4 rows of condensers and the Macon with 3. The film captions seem to contradict this.

Author — BROWNWRENCH BROWN

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Amazing and sad to think that this massive and impressive piece of engineering, every beam, every rivet and screw now rests on the bottom of the ocean..

Author — Scott Peters

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I've been fascinated with LTA since I was a kid. Had no idea there was documentary footage such as this. What an incredible treat! Can't thank you enough! (Plus: loved the bonus of renditions of Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" and "Toy Trumpet". Though I think the music was created after the Macon was under the waves, still splendid choice.) Have you seen the films of the Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawks in flight, being deployed to and from the Macon, mid-air?

Author — Scott Anderson

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It's regrettable that no one recognized then that the enormous surface area of the hull in this type of craft, especially when compared to either mass or thrust, makes them exceedingly vulnerable to up or down drafts and wind shear This trait is what killed all three of the helium-filled ships and also limited the top speed to less than V1 for most airplanes.

Author — kc4cvh

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Interesting. I didn't know Goodyear Tire & Rubber ever made a promo film on the Macon. The Akron and Macon sought structural integrity by having three keels instead of only one as in earlier Zeppelins. Nearly all the rigid dirigibles were destroyed in fatal accidents; the things just weren't safe to fly. Zeppelin NT now has high-tech airship flights over Lake Constance again, however.

Author — Jesse Baker

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Good grief- look at how flimsy the scaffolding was for the employees! I wonder how many people were injured or died during the construction! Pigeons- give me a break. The Macon was probably covered in "Bird doo" before it left the hanger! Ahhhh the 1930's!

Author — Reg mason232

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ლაგ* ასეთი საჰაერო ხომალდის შემქნელი კომპანია კაცობრიობის ცივილიზაციის „ვეშაპია“, თანამედროვე კორპორატიული აერონავტიკის „ხამსასთან“ შედარებით...

Author — Gia LAGvilava