U.S.S. Macon

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

Photo courtesy Brendan Haley.

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Dave Newill

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… Read more »

Roy Mize
Roy Mize

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.
http://www.moffettfieldmuseum.org/

Laura
Laura

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

Dennis Mena
Dennis Mena

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)
Dennis Mena
Dennis Mena

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
rick faust

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
Francisco Carvallo

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… Read more »

Francisco Carvallo
Francisco Carvallo

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

L. F. Ford
L. F. Ford

The 3 bladed aluminum props were 18 feet in diameter when fully assembled. To big for a fan in my living room.

L. F. Ford
L. F. Ford

The three bladed props were experimental and made by Hamilton Standard for the Navy to use on the Macon. I have owned one of these propellers since 1997 and am in process of transferring it to a museum. I have the drawings for all the parts, which specifically state the… Read more »

david helms
david helms

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… Read more »

Laura
Laura

There my Aunt and Uncle i’m my Aunt Laura’s name sake.