Image: United States Airship
(New York, New York, 1904 - 1971, Stamford, Connecticut)

United States Airship "Akron" , 1931

Gelatin silver print
17 1/2 in. x 23 1/8 in. (44.45 cm x 58.74 cm)
Bequest of Barbara Jacobs
historic press image, 1929
Bourke-White photographed the first rigid airship built in Akron, the “U.S.S. Akron,” as it emerged from the Goodyear Airdock prior to its maiden flight.  The U.S. Navy had ordered the “Akron” to explore the potential of rigid airships for naval reconnaissance.  Sadly, the airship crashed just two years later.  

Goodyear framed prints of the image in Duralumin, the material used for the airship’s frame, and gave them to tire dealers as sales rewards.  A limited number were signed by and given to the Goodyear executives, engineers and naval officers responsible for the “Akron.”  
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