Friday, October 24, 2008
The USS Macon was one of two lighter-than-air, rigid-hulled airships (a.k.a. dirigeable or Zeppelin) used in the early 1930's by the US Navy as flying aircraft carriers. It went down off of California's Big Sur coast in 1935 while returning home to the Sunnyvale Air Station (now Moffet Field, home to NASA's Ames Research Center). The Macon was one of the most advanced, most expensive aircraft of its time. When it went down, it had on board four Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk biplanes and a crew of 82. All but two survived the incident.