U.S.S. Macon

by Dan Grossman on February 16, 2010


U.S.S. Macon, circa 1933.  Sunnyvale, California.

Photo courtesy Brendan Haley.

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Dave Newill March 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm

The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust, Allison Branch – the “history club” of Rolls-Royce (Allison) in Indianapolis – just recovered their ~~8 foot long model of the Akron built in the 1950’s. It had been missing for about 16 years. I am enjoying seeing the great detail photos on the website and may consider adding details to our Akron that are currently not in place.
We will celebrate its return and official hanging from the overhead structure with a meeting of members and other interested parties.
We would love to find a speaker near Indianapolis who is an expert on this ship. (Allison built those 90degree rotating prop gear boxes)
Dave Newill


Roy Mize September 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

George Weldy was a neighbor. He died in 1998. Contact the Moffett Field Historical Society and they can help you with all things Macon, including George Weldy.


Laura May 1, 2014 at 12:57 am

George Weldy was my great uncle..His wife was Laura they lived in Cali, He spoke of this when ever he visited..


Dennis Mena September 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Fantastic photo! For all I know the couple standing in the center could be my grandparents. I hope you can download and send the other photo. I’d love to see it too. Thank you.


Dan (Airships.net) September 12, 2010 at 3:22 pm
Dennis Mena September 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Another fantastic photo I’ve never seen. I have the feeling that this might be the May, 1932 shot of the Akron when she visited Sunnyvale given the empty field. It’s not the exact one I’m looking for, but thank you so much.


rick faust March 13, 2010 at 9:18 pm

looks like the akron and the macon had different props one two blades and the other three made of what I wonder???? rick


Francisco Carvallo November 22, 2010 at 1:28 am

Hello Mr. Faust.
The Akron had “wooden” two bladed props. The US Navy had actually switched one pair to “metal” as on a trip accross country, the props “flew-off” on their own!! Scary sight seeing a 18 foot, 2 bladed prop coming at you @ 1,900 rpm! The Macon had 3 bladed props made of metal, which never broke off and made the ship some 5-8 mph faster than the Akron.


Francisco Carvallo November 22, 2010 at 1:29 am

Whoops, forgot to mention the macon’s props besides being made out of metal, were also larger: 26 feet accross.


david helms March 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm

hi. i am an avid airship researcher trying to locate relatives of george weldy. mr weldy is deceased but leaves behind an illustrious career in airships. he has a wife named laura. i am assuming she is still living. also, he has a son named david. can anyone assist me in locating either of these 2 people? many thanks.



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