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America’s first rigid dirigible was piloted by Greenville, OH native Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Lansdowne.  The airship was on a Midwest promotional tour when it was caught between two storm systems and crashed in Noble County, Ohio in September, 1925.  Fourteen members of the crew including Lansdowne perished in the crash.  The foreword is written by Julia H. Hunt, granddaughter of Lt. Cmdr. Lansdowne.


Authored by Jerry Copas, who is an airship enthusiast and balloon pilot from Sellersburg, Indiana.  The author is the historian of the Balloon Society of Kentucky and a member of the Balloon Federation of America, Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, Akron Lighter Than Air Society, and the Naval Airship Association.


Partnered with this selection is a bookmark dedicated to Lansdowne and the airship.


The book is a pictorial archive of the airship with commentary.  It contains 127 pages and measures 6.5” by 9.25” and was published in 2018 by Arcadia Publishing.

The Wreck of the Naval Airship USS Shenandoah

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