USS Los Angeles: The Navy's Venerable Airship and Aviation Technology

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Brassey's, 2004 - History - 289 pages
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Combines exacting research in official records and original photographs - Reveals the U.S. Army's furtive efforts to weaken the U.S. Navy's control over developments in lighter-than-air technology - Analyzes how the U.S. Navy discharged its responsibility to evaluate the airship's viability as a commercial aircraft or naval instrument - Illustrates the first instance in which American aviation technology progressed because of German aeronautical expertise Aviation historian William Althoff tells the story of the U.S. Navy's airship, USS Los Angeles, the most successful aircraft of its type ever flown. In dramatic detail, Althoff recounts how the U.S. Navy arranged for the famed German Zeppelin Company to build the ship, thwarted schemes by the U.S. Army's Air Service to take control of it, and helped plan its record-breaking historic four-day flight from Germany to the United States. After years of experiments meant to determine its military and commercial application, the airship ultimately failed to command a consensus in the Navy. Relegated to a lower tier, Althoff writes, the rigid type receded to marginal relevance until, on the eve of World War Two, it vanished altogether.

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The range of this study is rather wider then simply the career of one unit of the United States Navy. In as much as the "Los Angeles" was the backbone of the Navy's rigid airship program for most of ... Read full review

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