Pennant of the USS Akron, ca. 1931
USS Akron was a U.S. Navy Airship built in 1931 that crashed into the sea during a storm on April 4, 1933, off the coast of New Jersey. This pennant was sent to FDR in January 1942, by Fred C. Muttersbach of Vallejo, California.
Be sure to see some of our earlier posts on the Akron, including footage of her in flight:
So You Want to be a Naval Pilot in 1919?
Only applicants of “unquestionable high moral character’ and under thirty years of age may apply.
Circular Letter Number 238-19 Training of Enlisted and Warrant Aviation Pilots, 10/25/1919
Lost in a storm on February 12, 1935, the airship USS Macon emerges from the clouds in this stock Navy footage.
RIGID AIRSHIP GROUND OPERATIONS, SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA, 1934 - 1935
Macon’s sister airship the USS Akron shared the same fate and was lost in the Atlantic 2 years earlier. However lessons learned from the Akron disaster enabled the rescue of nearly the entire crew of the Macon.
Both were among the largest airships ever built, and included their own complement of Sparrowhawk “parasite fighters” that could be launched while in flight.
June 23, 1919. Subject: Carrier Pigeons
Did you get the memo?
Today is national memo day, the day where we Americans celebrate (or maybe the better verb is recognize) the ever circulating, sometimes useful memo!
Here is one of our favorite memos. It is part of a series of General Correspondence Files created by the Army Air Forces at Ross Field between 1918-1929. The memo details the potential uses for carrier pigeons in the operations of the air field.
If nothing else, “The use of carrier pigeons might save a pilot and passengers from possible starvation in the mountains in case of forced landings…”
Patent Drawing for a Flying Machine, 04/15/1913
On April 15, 1913, The Patent Office granted David Hamilton Coles a patent for an improvement in airships. In his application, Coles meticulously described his new designs for various parts of the airship, such as, the valves, propellers, and engine.
[note: image rotated 90° for the full airship effect]