Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The Ill-Fated ZR-2 -- August 24, 2021

Exhibitors Herald, 10-September-1921

The US Navy arranged to buy British Zeppelin R-38 while it was under construction. The US renamed it ZR-2. While undergoing a test on 24-August-1921, the Zeppelin broke in two, and the forward portion burned and exploded. The whole wreck crashed into the Humber River. 44 members of the 49-man crew died. 17 American sailors were aboard and all but one died. After accepting the ship, the Americans were going to fly ZR-2 across the Atlantic.

Read a contemporary newspaper article on my other blog: https://cablecarguy.blogspot.com/2021/08/seventeen-officers-and-men-of-united.html

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