Two crew members sit on bunks in the sleeping quarters of the U.S.S Macon. The U.S.S. Macon was the sister zeppelin airship of the U.S.S. Akron. Both airships had a tragic end. On April 4th, 1933, the U.S.S. Akron encountered a violent storm over the New Jersey coast and crashed into the sea. Only three of the seventy-six men on board survived the crash. On February 12th, 1935, the U.S.S. Macon encountered a storm off Point Sur, California that brought her down into the sea. All but two of her crew were rescued. The dream that the Rubber City would be the Zeppelin Capital of the world crashed with the crashes of the Akron-built zeppelins. Goodyear went on to develop non-rigid airships (blimps) that were used by the U.S. Navy during and after WWII.
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