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U.S.S. Shenandoah

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Tenant farmer Andy Gamary's house near Ava, Ohio, is shown in the background. Various sections of the ship's girders are intermixed with engine cars four and five. Some 400,000 duralumin pieces were used in the Shenandoah's construction. (Photo- unknown source)

SPECIFICATIONS AND CRONOLOGY
U.S.S. SHENANDOAH (ZR-1)
Construction Authorized by Congress 11 July 1919

  • Built by Naval Aircraft Factory and NAS Lakehurst
  • Work Commenced April 1922
  • Completed (Launched) 20 August 1923
  • First Flight 4 September 1923
  • Christened 10 October 1923
  • Destroyed 3 September 1925
  • Total Number of Flights 59
  • Total Flight Time 740.09 Hours
  • Cost $1,500,000.00
  • Overall Length 680 ft. 2 in.
  • Total Height 93 ft. 2 in.
  • Maximum Diameter 78 ft. 9 in.
  • Number Gas Cells 20
  • Volume Gas Cells 2,115,174 Cu. Ft.
  • Full Speed 51 KTS
  • Full Speed Endurance 2,250 Miles/50 Hours
  • Cruising Speed 41 KTS
  • Crusing Speed Endurance 3,980 Miles/97 Hours
  • Crew Total - 54 Flight - 40