U.S.S. Shenandoah Crash Sites
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The Shenandoah early in her career (ZR-1 on the nose section)
at Lakehurst (NJ) Naval Air Station. Ground handling crews
are working with spider lines coming from the ship's bow.
A crew member can be seen on the observation platform on the
top of the ship, which was 93 feet above the control car.
Clink on photos to view full size image.
National Archives 80-G-434730
The U.S.S. Shenandoah was built for the U.S. Navy as a weapons
system, flying laboratory, and as a scouting vessel. When
completed, the majestic airship was 680 ft. 2 in. long and
93 ft. 2 in. high. To this day, jet liners are fascinating
to watch as they land and take off. Can you imagine what it
must have been like to watch this huge, helium filled ship
break the horizon of Noble County back on September 3, 1925,
when even an airplane was rare to see? What about when two
relatives were watching from their yard and seeing the ship
elevate a little and then back down? One, not believing her
eyes said, It looks like its breaking in Two!
The other then said, My God, it is! Tragically,
14 men lost their lives shortly thereafter.
Suggested Activity- Review a special tribute to the
U.S.S. Shenandoah on www.noblecountyohio.com. Then arrange
a self-guided tour by contacting one of our local Shenandoah
Bryan Rayner: PH. (740) 732-2624
John Powell: PH. (740) 732-2341
With their help research the last days of the ship and her
crew by examining old photos and artifacts of a small museum
in Ava. Visit three crash sites to compare the terrain now
with that of September 3, 1925. Discover what happened, why
it happened, and exactly where it happened. Find out why the
crash is still of interest to people all over the world!
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