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Photo Funday — Airship!

5 February 2010
Photo Funday — photos and an informative caption for the weekend
Model of the USS Akron in the Cradle of Aviation Museum — photo by Joe May

Model of the USS Akron in the Cradle of Aviation Museum — photo by Joe May

Airships were in vogue in the early 1900s as nothing else had their range or endurance. Britain, Germany and the United States invested heavily in the technology. It is woeful to note that none of these airships survived to be displayed in museums as most were lost either in accidents or by misadventure. Thankfully modelers exist! People who have skills to reasearch and manufacture unique models have always amazed me with their knowledge and ingenuity. The Cradle of Aviation Museum has the model of the USS Akron shown in these two photos and if one looks close one can see an F9C-2 Sparrowhawk hanging from the hangar trapeze! This is the only way that most of us can see how this may have looked but recently the submerged wreckage of the USS Macon has been located and video shows F9C-2 Sparrohawks in their hangar bay.

Model of USS Akron with detail of Sparrowhawk operations — photo by Joe May

Model of USS Akron showning a F9C-2 Sparrowhawk on the trapeze suspended below the hangar bay — photo by Joe May

A note: for a description of the Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk please see my post, Parasite Fighter Aircraft Attempts — a 3fer.
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