The Underwater Crash Site of USS Macon

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  • ℹ️ Published 5 years ago

Join us as we go with the team of the E/V Nautilus as they explore the underwater crash site of the USS Macon, a rigid airship that crashed off the California coast on February 12, 1935.

The Macon operated as a flying aircraft carrier deploying Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawks during the early 1930s. The E/V Nautilus’s expedition will explore and map the wreck site as well as recover a piece of the aluminum frame for corrosion studies.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Boeing.

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The weather is a problem for airships, but airships as a concept are valid and need further exploration before man-kind gives up on them.

I reckon airships need to operate above the troposphere to stay out of the bad weather and to take advantage of the jet stream for long distance transportation.

Author — Froggy Frog 9000


How would we see the map of the wreck site they say they were making?

Author — Kevin Olson


Don't expect undersea stills or video. There are only about two stills in a 48 minute presentation. No looks at any part of the airship herself. 

Viewing _Macon_ as a whole is impossible, as her framework is in 2 gigantic heaps in 1500' of very cloudy water. The debris fields can only be imaged ultrasonically. 

This vid shows only the wing of a plane and the cockpit of possibly another plane.

Author — RatPfink66


Excuse me for interjecting, BUT There were more than just the two rigid airships. The Akron, The Macon, and The Shannondoah . were built in Akron, Ohio, by Goodyear. The Los Angeles, was built by Dr. Echner in Germany, and was the Graff Zepplin 1. or the LZ-125. It was sold to the United States in 1932.

Author — victorfox


Very disappointing, there's way too much filler material here, this video is at most 5% underwater shots, many from a previous expedition. Change the title to "Live Discussion about The Underwater Crash Site of USS Macon".

Author — ercost60