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USS AKRON - ZRS-4 - US NAVY AIRSHIP - OVER MANHATTAN ISLAND NYC - 1933

Airship ZRS-4

Construction Began: November 7, 1929 by Goodyear Zeppelin
Christening: August 8, 1931 by Mrs. Herbert Hoover
Maiden Flight: September 23, 1931
Commissioned: October 1931

The airship Akron helped make Akron internationally famous from 1931 to 1933. Built for the U.S. Navy by Goodyear-Zeppelin Corp. at its huge Akron Ohio airdock, the ship was 785 ft. long, had a maximum speed of 84 mph and a range of 10,580 miles.


Dimensions: Length, over-all, 785 feet;
Diameter of Hull, 132 feet 9 inches;
Designed operational gas volume, 6,500,000 cubic feet of helium.
Weights: Structure, 242,356 pounds; Total lift, 403,000 pounds
Powerplants: Eight 560 horsepower Maybach 12-cylinder V-type water-cooled engines, mounted inside the hull and driving their propellers via extension shafts.
Performance: Maximum Speed (designed), 75.6 knots; Maximum Range, 5940 nautical miles at 55 knots speed.
Flight Crew: 10 Officers and 50 Enlisted Men, plus a Heavier-Than-Air group of 4 Officers and 15 Airplane Mechanics.
Airplane Complement: Up to four Curtiss F9C-2 "Sparrowhawk" fighters, launched and recovered via a mechanical trapeze extended below the airship's hangar compartment.
 

USS AKRON - ZRS-4 - US NAVY AIRSHIP - OVER MANHATTAN ISLAND NYC - 1933






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