USS Akron ZRS-4 in flight, 1931
The Akron was a zeppelin manufactured by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation in Akron, Ohio.
Completed on November 7, 1929, the Akron was designed principally for naval reconnaissance for the United States Armed Forces. This zeppelin remained in service for less than four years. On April 4, 1933, the Akron crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, near Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, during a storm. Only three of the zeppelin's seventy-six crewmembers survived. A blimp, the J-3, crashed while its crewmembers were searching for survivors of the Akron crash.
The Akron and the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation illustrate the important role that Ohioans have played in aviation. With such important names as the Wright Brothers, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, and numerous others, Ohioans have been at the forefront of aviation history.
- Crouch, Tom D. The Giant Leap: A Chronology of Ohio Aerospace Events and Personalities, 1815-1969. Columbus: The Ohio Historical Society, 1971.