Image description: This photo was taken around 1933 and shows the USS Akron in the Goodyear-Zeppelin Dock.
The USS Akron was a dirigible designed for the Navy by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation. It made its maiden flight on September 23, 1931. The design of the Akron supposedly had resolved previous safety problems involving rigid airships, but, on April 4, 1933, the Akron crashed just off the coast of New Jersey under stormy conditions. Of the ship’s company of 77 officers and men, 74 servicemen lost their lives.
Photo from the U.S. National Archives and created by the U.S. Congress Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible Disasters