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Airship Roma Disaster In Hampton Roads The

Author : Nancy E. Sheppard
ISBN : 9781467119207
Genre : History
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In March 1921, Major John G. Thornell and his crew were detailed to Italy to procure a new experimental airship for the United States Army Air Service. Stationed at Langley Field in Hampton, the ROMA never lived up to expectations despite being heralded as the future of military innovation. Tragically, it crashed and erupted in a ball of fire in 1922, claiming the lives of thirty-four of the brave men aboard. Author Nancy E. Sheppard reveals the forgotten, harrowing story of one of the last great airships and those who sacrificed for the promise of a new era in aviation.

The Wreck Of The Naval Airship Uss Shenandoah

Author : Jerry Copas
ISBN : 9781439661963
Genre : History
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The USS Shenandoah was the pride of the American Navy in 1925 and America's first rigid dirigible. Her name is a Native American word often said to mean "Daughter of the Stars." While performing a publicity tour in the Midwest, the ship was ripped to pieces by a violent storm. Fourteen men died, including Lt. Comdr. Zachary Landsowne, who remained at his post to the very end. The citizens of Noble County, Ohio, were alarmed and amazed when this high-tech, state-of-the-art marvel came tumbling out of the sky into their rural and isolated community. While lavishing care and support on the wounded, the locals also looted the wreckage and made souvenirs of valuable equipment that remained family treasures for years. Tales of daring heroism and sacrifice by those brave sailors on that stormy night soon became the thing of legend to the residents of the valley. For nearly 100 years, people there have maintained the legacy of Shenandoah with monuments, songs, and commemorations that continue to this day.


Author : Ed Regis
ISBN : 9780465061600
Genre : Science
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“Oh, the humanity!” Radio reporter Herbert Morrison's words on witnessing the destruction of the Hindenburg are etched in our collective memory. Yet, while the Hindenburg—like the Titanic—is a symbol of the technological hubris of a bygone era, we seem to have forgotten the lessons that can be learned from the infamous 1937 zeppelin disaster. Zeppelins were steerable balloons of highly flammable, explosive gas, but the sheer magic of seeing one of these behemoths afloat in the sky cast an irresistible spell over all those who saw them. In Monsters, Ed Regis explores the question of how a technology now so completely invalidated (and so fundamentally unsafe) ever managed to reach the high-risk level of development that it did. Through the story of the zeppelin's development, Regis examines the perils of what he calls “pathological technologies”—inventions whose sizeable risks are routinely minimized as a result of their almost mystical allure. Such foolishness is not limited to the industrial age: newer examples of pathological technologies include the US government's planned use of hydrogen bombs for large-scale geoengineering projects; the phenomenally risky, expensive, and ultimately abandoned Superconducting Super Collider; and the exotic interstellar propulsion systems proposed for DARPA's present-day 100 Year Starship project. In case after case, the romantic appeal of foolishly ambitious technologies has blinded us to their shortcomings, dangers, and costs. Both a history of technological folly and a powerful cautionary tale for future technologies and other grandiose schemes, Monsters is essential reading for experts and citizens hoping to see new technologies through clear eyes.

The Great Louisville Tornado Of 1890

Author : Keven McQueen
ISBN : 9781614231608
Genre : History
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On March 27, 1890, a devastating storm moved over the Ohio River Valley, spawning dozens of deadly tornados. The most powerful of these twisters touched down in Louisville, carving a path of unprecedented destruction from Main Street to the end of town. In the aftermath, nearly eight hundred buildings in the city were destroyed, and over one hundred people perished. In all, the storm produced over twenty-five tornados that day, and it remains the twenty-fifth deadliest storm in U.S. history. Join local author Keven McQueen as he chronicles Louisville's most violent natural disaster, with tales of harrowing rescues and rebuilding.

United States Navy K Type Airships Pilot S Manual

Author : Goodyear Aircraft Corporation
ISBN : 1940453356
Genre : Transportation
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In 1937, the U.S. Navy ordered a new class of Goodyear-built blimps with an envelope of over 400,000 cubic feet of helium. The "K" class carried a forty-foot long control car and were powered by two Pratt & Whitney Wasp nine-cylinder radial air-cooled engines. They were intended to be used for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) duties. In addition to navigational equipment that allowed night flights, the blimps were equipped with the ASG-type radar, that had a detection range of 90mi (140km), sonobuoys, and magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) equipment. The K-ships also carried four Mk-47 depth bombs, two in a bomb bay and two externally, and were equipped with a .50in (12.7mm) Browning machine gun in the forward part of the control car. An aircrew of 10 normally operated the K-ships, consisting of a command pilot, two co-pilots, a navigator/pilot, airship rigger, an ordnanceman, two mechanics, and two radiomen. This Goodyear-issued official U.S. Navy Pilot's Manual is a reproduction of an original issued in 1942. It discusses the airship and its flight controls, the envelope pressure control system, power plant and electrical system, and more. Originally "restricted," this manual was declassified long ago."

Shipwrecks Of Lake Michigan

Author : Benjamin J. Shelak
ISBN : 1931599211
Genre : History
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Featuring detailed accounts of disasters involving significant loss of life or property, or those that were particularly harrowing from 1800 to the present.


Author : Harry Vissering
ISBN : 9781406869071
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A tribute to Count Zeppelin, founder of the Zeppelin Airship company, first published in 1922. Illustrated with photographs throughout.

Lighter Than Air

Author : Tom D. Crouch
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131762176
Genre : Transportation
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This richly illustrated book chronicles lighter-than-air flight from Archimedes’ discovery of the principle of buoyancy to the latest in sport balloons and plans for future airships. Far more than a timeline of events, Lighter Than Air focuses on the people—flamboyant and daring, heroes and scoundrels—who made history in the sky. Here are the eighteenth-century pioneers who first took to the skies, the peripatetic aeronauts who criss-crossed two continents a century later, the airmen who manned the great rigid airships, and the intrepid balloonists who flew their craft across oceans and continents in the years following World War II. The first half of the volume recounts the invention of the balloon, the golden age of the professional aerial showmen in Europe and America, the use of balloons for aerial reconnaissance, and the key role of balloons in scientific research. The second half presents the rich tale of the airship from eighteenth-century dreams to twentieth-century reality. These chapters describe the early development of the pressure airship, the emergence of the rigid airship and its golden age in the first half of the twentieth century, and the military and civil applications of these aerial behemoths. The author concludes by discussing modern blimps, sport balloons, and dreams of a future for airships. The highly accessible text is complemented with a wealth of prints and photos from the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the Museé de l’Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget, the Zepplin-Museum at Zepplinheim, and the Imperial War Museum in London. Written by award-winning aeronautical historian Tom D. Crouch, Lighter Than Air brings to life the color and excitement of buoyant flight.

The Millionth Chance

Author : James Leasor
ISBN : 9780755100484
Genre : Transportation
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The R101 airship was thought to be the model for the future, an amazing design that was ¿as safe as houses. . .except for the millionth chance¿. On the night of 4 October 1930 that chance in a million came up however. James Leasor brilliantly reconstructs the conception and crash of this huge ship of the air with compassion for the forty-seven dead ¿ and only six survivors.

Aircraft And Submarines The Story Of The Invention Development And Present Day Uses Of War S Newest Weapons

Author : Willis John Abbot
ISBN : 9781465504920
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