USS Macon, (ZRS-5), The Navy’s Last Flying Aircraft Carrier

USS Macon ZRS-5 under construction at the Goodyear Airdock, Akron, Ohio, 1933. (US Navy)

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The future USS Macon (ZRS-5) under construction in the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation hangar at Akron, Ohio, circa early 1933. Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 42022).

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USS Macon (ZRS-5) preparing to land.

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F9C-2 hooked on trapeze (left) and stowed on hangar deck (right)

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Curtiss-Wright F9C-2 Sparrowhawk, Bu. No. A9056. (U.S. Navy)

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Three U.S. Navy Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawks in flight. These three aircraft formed the famous “Red, White and Blue” flight aboard the airship USS Macon (ZRS-5). The aircraft with the white band was No.9057. In this photograph which was taken on 6 July 1933, the blue-banded aircraft is in the foreground. USN Photo.

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