National Affairs: Hopeful Experiment

Most citizens have supposed that dirigible construction in the U. S. was as dead as the 89 good men who went down with the Shenandoah in 1925, the Akron in 1933, the Macon in 1935. Last week, Franklin Roosevelt corrected this impression. He ordered the construction of a new rigid airship for the U. S. Navy.

That the lighter-than-air idea lives is due in part to a tanned, square-cut naval officer who believes in airships. Having served on or commanded two big dirigibles built for and lost by the U. S. Navy, Commander Charles...

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