Aeronautics: Akron Goes Down

At sundown one day last week the U. S. S. Akron cast off from her stub mast at the Naval Air Station at Lakehurst, N. J., floated silently and moodily into a cheerless sky. One after another the eight engines were started. Then Commander Frank C. McCord bent a course eastward to sea; the 70 officers and crew settled down to one more of the Akron's routine training flights. This one was to be most casual—a two-day cruise off the New England coast for calibration of the ship's radio compass; a trifling job compared...

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