Skip to comments.Wreck of Airship USS Macon Added to National Register of Historic Places
Posted on 02/14/2010 10:18:06 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the loss of the U.S. Navy airship USS Macon, NOAA today announced that the wreck site on the seafloor within Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Macon, a 785-foot dirigible was one of the largest airships in the world comparable in size to the RMS Titanic. It was intended to serve as a scout ship for the Pacific Fleet and had the ability to launch and recover Sparrowhawk biplanes. In service less than two years, the Macon, based at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, Calif., was damaged in a storm on Feb. 12, 1935, and sank in the Pacific Ocean off Point Sur, south of San Francisco. All but two of the Macons 83 crewmen were rescued by nearby Navy ships. .
The USS Macon and its four associated Sparrowhawk biplanes are not only historically significant to our nations history, but have unique ties to our local communities, where public museums highlight the airships history, said Paul Michel, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary superintendent. The National Register listing highlights the importance of protecting the wreck site and its artifacts for further understanding our past.
The National Register of Historic Places is the nations official list of cultural places considered worth preserving. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America's historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the National Register can qualify for federal grants for historic preservation.
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Is that the one Mythbusters have used on occasion?
The USS Macon was one of three rigid airships built by Goodyear in Akron, Ohio. The first was the USS Shenandoah, and the last was the USS Akron. I knew one of the German team of engineers brought over from Germany when Goodyear went into the zeppelin business. I learned navigation under his tutelage.
Eventually they utilized aircraft without landing gear to minimize weight - makes for motivated pilots. And I love the logo.
That must have been fascinating. The Macon had a far more productive career than its sister ship, Akron. Macon’s commanders developed the doctrine and techniques of using its airplanes to do scouting while the airship remained out of sight of the opposing forces in exercises
How the heck did they ‘recover’ aircraft?
She was ultimately scraped thus ending the US Navy's era of "dirigibles" - these being replaced with the "blimps."
[As an FYI - See Airshipwreck by Len Deighton and Arnold Schwartzman, Jonathan Cape Ltd. Thirty Bedford Square, London, WC1, 1978.]
It is a simply amazing place!
“And lest we forget ... USS Los Angles (ZR-3).”
The Los Angeles was built in Germany by Graf Zeppelin and was acquired by the US Navy as war reparations, in the 20’s, renamed the USS Los Angeles. She is the only one of the Navy’s rigid airships that did not crash - scared the hell out of ‘em once at Lakehurst, though, when she was stood on her nose, still moored, by freak conditions.
I’ve been to Air & Space several times but have never been out to see the stuff at Dulles. It’s on my agenda for my next trip to DC. The Boeing Museum of Flight is worth a visit if you make it to Seattle. There is some discussion of them getting one of the Shuttles when they are taken off line. That would be pretty neat!
Those were some brave men.
Another triumph for the anti-humans in NOAA and Julie Packard.
The Monterey Bay is now a dead zone, no fishing, recreational boating or maritime commerce thanks to the corrupt NOAA and their pals Julie Packard and her fish prison staff.
They mockingly claim to be ‘preserving’ heritage, but they are only driving human beings, human commerce and activity completely out of the ‘sanctuary’. The only approved users of what was once California State waters and under the control of the state and it’s citizens, is now an out of control federal bureaucracy, NOAA, with their vessel the Fulmar, and Julie Packard’s Western Flyer. They have ‘managed’ fishing into oblivion, destroying cultures and history and the social fabric of the cities and towns on the bay. They have banned vessels from entering the bay and are insanely attacking surfers, recreational boaters and even more bizarrely people who own house cats who live in the Monterey Bay basin.
They are disgusting.
Of course, going into/out of Alice Springs in a jump-seat of a Buff was a real treat!
Those brave men are in the process of being erased from history.
With the crash site ‘preserved’ only government bureaucrats and their hand picked ‘researchers will be able to visit.
The Monterey Maritime Museum, which has many Macon artifacts in its collection has been shut down. The new curator is removing the ‘maritime’ from the museum name, and those artifacts may never be put into the public view again.
Americans don’t even understand what these propoganda pieces by NOAA imply. Its a sorry sorry state.
You want to show your respect for these brave men?
Get up and do something. Otherwise they are going to be erased from history. Just like they are doing to Daniel Boone in Texas, and what they’ve done to the American Revolution in California.
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Being on the historical register doesn't really mean much. Hangar One is scheduled to be dismantled soon, and it's on the register.
Thanks for the picture. That’s apparently a Fleet Trainer biplane, which was used in developing the launch and hookup techniques. Years ago I had a coworker, a retired Navy nustang officer, who had been plane captain on that aircraft or one like it during the first Macon trials.
I know the living airship captains would not want the crash site to be made into a mausoleum at the bottom of the sea. They fought for liberty and free enterprise to survive, and I’m sure none of them ever wanted the economic and free movement chokehold that NOAA is now putting on our oceans.
I believe their sole purpose in making this site a ‘heritage’ site is to cement their control over the waters from American citizens. Like the USAID organization, they are globalists in their views and actions. They want to completely and utter prevent the use of our oceans by the American people for economic or recreation purposes. With NOAA in control there is NEVER going to be any cessation on the ban on oil drilling, fishing and undersea mining that they are promoting with their actions.
Its funny how they started out measuring wind and currents and now they are taking use of the oceans away, and using the back door from Congress to implement UN sea treaties without a vote.
"The Macon had a structured duraluminum hull with three interior keels. The airship was kept aloft by 12 helium-filled gas cells made from gelatin-latex fabric.
"Inside the hull, the ship had eight German-made Maybach, 12 cylinder, 560-horsepower gasoline-powered engines that drove outside propellers. The propellers could be rotated down or backwards, providing an early form of thrust vectoring, to control the ship during take-off and landings.
"Designed to carry five F9C Sparrowhawk biplanes, Macon received her first aircraft on board July 6, 1933 during trial flights out of Lakehurst, New Jersey. The planes were stored in bays inside the hull and were launched and retrieved using a trapeze."
I agree with the Boeing museum recommendation. Went there last year for the first time and loved it.
The Pima Air Museum in Tucson (next to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan) has an interesting collection of one-of-a-kind oddities. I also like the aeronautical museum in Balboa Park at San Diego.
The other landmark museum i’ve been to is at Duxford in England. They have excellent air shows in the summer months. The RAF museum at Hendon is also fantastic.
Still wanting to do Udvar-Hazy and Wright-Patterson.
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