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U.S.S. Shenandoah

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An overall view of the construction of the U.S.S. Shenandoah (ZR-1). The photograph reveals the size of both the Shenandoah and Hanger No. 1. The hanger is 803.5 feet long, 258 feet wide, and 172 feet high. As mentioned before, the shenandoah was 680 feet two inches long and 93 feet two inches tall. (Clements Collection)

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Above, the Shenandoah or "Star Daughter" (Algonquin Indian word) now lies fallen in a valley near Ava, Ohio, after a courageous flight for her life. Interstate 77 now covers most of the area where this section came to rest. The crash occured during the Noble County Fair and many individuals by-passed the fair to view America's rigid airship. Three quarters of a million oxen tummies (goldbeaters skin) were used to make the gas cells that held the ship's 2,115,174 cubic feet of helium (Davies Photograph)

shenandoah3At left, the bow section of the U.S.S. Shenandoah is seen as it lay on the Ernest Nichols farm near Sharon, Ohio. Several survivors came from this section that free ballooned from Ava following the break up of the ship. Mr. Nichols helped bring the nose section down by tying ropes around some trees. (Stanley Nichols Collection)