USS Los Angeles: The Navy's Venerable Airship and Aviation Technology
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.??? In this book, the early achievements and unceremonious demise of the "Los Angeles" after a long career symbolize the airship??'s unfulfilled promise. Nonetheless, the operational record of this one machine altered American naval aeronautics and greatly influenced transoceanic commercial air transport during a critical period of its development.
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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 her existance, she thus becomes a useful lens through which to view the whole program. Besides that, Althoff provides a wealth of material on what it actually took to operate a dirigible. Plus there are many fine illustrations to further bolster this history. I'm reluctant to call any book a "must have" work, but if you're into lighter-than-air vessels this is a must have book.
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