Artifact Spotlight: USS Macon Airship wreckage

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USS Macon (ZRS 5), a U.S. Navy Akron-class rigid airship, sank on February 12, 1935 off the coast of California in what is now the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. USS Macon’s wreck site contains some of the oldest known aviation material submerged in saltwater. Archaeologists from Naval History and Heritage Command’s Underwater Archaeology Branch (UA) recovered some of the wreckage. Here, Tom Frezza talks with the UA about the wreckage and its origins.

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To think this is one of the few parts we have of such a huge airship is insane
It’s was magnificent, it’s shining silver color in the sky having many planes would look amazing today.
Why I find more amazing is how that’s the color of the frame of the airship.
It’s some of the little color we have of it today

Author — Crazy Gaming


Thanks for showing this. Glad there is at least a small piece of the Macon that can be seen today.

Author — Kevin Olson


_Macon_ lies in 1500' of water in the Monterey Bay Marine Preserve. Her skeleton is settled into two gigantic debris fields - basically heaps of aluminum fragments such as we see in the lab. The cloudy characteristics of seawater don't allow for the fields to be imaged, except ultrasonically. 

Only when an ROV makes a trip to the seabed can objects can be photoed or videoed. In the case of _Macon, _ her 4 F9C fighters, reposing in various states of decay, attract the most interest. 

The _Macon_ site is a military grave. Radioman 1/c Ernest Dailey, apparently misjudging the ship's altitude, jumped from 100' above the water's surface and did not survive. Messman 1/c Florentino Edquiba survived the descent but swam back into the fast sinking envelope, apparently to retrieve something. He went down with the wreck.

Author — RatPfink66


Great video, thanks for posting this.

Author — ercost60


Floating aircraft carriers almost 3 football fields long and as high as a 10 story building. USS AKRON and USS MACON.

Author — machia0705