Film of U.S.S. Akron Accident on February 22, 1932 [Video]

Film of the U.S.S. Akron’s accident at Lakehurst in front of a congressional delegation on February 22, 1932. The cables connecting the ship’s tail to the stern beam failed in a 14 kt wind that also caused the ship to list.

 

U.S.S. Akron accident on February 22, 1932

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Steven Smith
Steven Smith

I just researched an Akron Beacon Journal report from March 1930 of a communist’s plot to weaken fins and other parts of the zeppelin by a lone mechanic named Kassay. The sabotage was dismissed by officials then. I was watching this to see if I might note any visible flaw… Read more »

rick faust
rick faust

Look’s like the tail was damaged before, can see the wrinkle it the lower fin, love your site Dan….

Alistair
Alistair

Fascinating – had never seen this footage before, although I had seen photos. Boy, that Dirigible was BIG!

rickfaust
rickfaust

Dan looks like the tail was dented already, can see it when its moving to the side. Dodn’t they have a crew, or a machine to hold onto the tail? What are those lines dragging people or equioment? Like to see the report the officers had to fill out on… Read more »

Patrick Russell

I think they had the tail connected up to the big stern beam, and it broke away from that first – hence the visible damage to the fin as the ship begins to weathervane to starboard. The things dragging from the ropes are weights, which were supposed to help keep… Read more »

ZZ
ZZ

I keep forgetting how huge those things were. The rudder alone is the size of a building…