Aviation: Found: the Lost Dirigible

Found: the Lost Dirigible

On Feb. 12, 1935, a sudden squall lashed into the U.S. Navy dirigible Macon as it plied the skies off Northern California. The storm ripped off the upper tail fin of the 785-ft. craft, which plunged slowly toward the waters of the Pacific "like a big old hen settling down on a nest," in the words of one officer. All but two of the Macon's 83-man crew managed to survive by climbing onto life rafts. The Macon's demise abruptly ended the Navy's interest in huge rigid airships.

Last week a 32-ft. Navy submarine, the Sea Cliff, found the Macon's collapsed frame...

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