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K-Type airship—king of patrol and silent predator

12 January 2017

One of the undersung heroes of World War II.

134 of these lighter-than-aircraft were built by Goodyear for anti-submarine patrol duties. Crewed by 9 or 10 and able to remain aloft for nearly two days these aircraft could easily pace with a convoy or simply patrol an area. Silently able to patrol an area giving an enemy submarine no acoustic clue it was near should it desire to surface.

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K-Type blimp—US Navy Archives

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K-Type blimp protecting a WW II convoy—US Navy Archives

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K-Type blimp—US Navy Archives

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K-Type blimp—US Navy Archives

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    12 January 2017 09:31

    The gondola of a K-Type blimp is held by the New England Air Museum. I wrote about it, here https://shortfinals.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/a-blimps-tale-good-enough-for-chaucer/

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      14 January 2017 18:10

      Well done 🙂

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