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What Was The Deadliest Airship Disaster Of All Time?
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The USS Akron
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The Hindenburg


Answer: The USS Akron

Although the tragedy of The Hindenburg was the most widely publicized and most widely remembered airship disaster in the history of aviation, The Hindeburg disaster wasn’t the first, the only, or the most deadly airship disaster. The 20th century can lay claim to over 60 airship disasters, including the deadliest.

On April 4, 1933 the US Navy airship USS Akron was lost at sea during inclement weather. The ship, which shared the record for largest helium-filled airship with its sister craft the USS Macon, was never recovered and 73 out of 76 of the crewman aboard perished.

One of several roles the USS Akron as equipped for was that of a flying aircraft carrier; it included a hanger capable of launching small spy planes.

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  1. Iszi

    In this case, "lost at sea" means that the ship was declared a total loss due to events occurring at sea. It's not meant to say that the ship was misplaced, just that it went down and could not be recovered. Just because a ship goes down at sea though, doesn't necessarily mean there were no survivors. For example, the Titanic can be said to have been "lost at sea".

  2. Straspey

    On May 6, 1937 my mother was a young student here in the New York City public school system.

    As she was walking home from school with a few of her girlfriends on a sunny spring afternoon, they suddenly became aware of a dark shadow - almost like a storm cloud - passing over their heads.

    As they looked up, there it was - The Hindenburg - on it's way across the Hudson River and over to the landing strip at Lakehurst, New Jersey - and its tragic appointment with destiny.

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