The Macon was the second zeppelin manufactured by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation in Akron, Ohio.
Completed on March 11, 1933, the Macon was designed to launch airplanes on scouting missions for the United States Armed Forces. The planes could also return and land inside of the Macon. This zeppelin remained in service for approximately two years. On February 12, 1935, the Macon crashed in the Pacific Ocean off Point Sur, California. The zeppelin's top fin, which had been damaged earlier during a storm in Texas, collapsed. Only two crewmembers lost their lives in the crash. The Macon's demise resulted in the abandonment of these vehicles by the United States Armed Forces.
The Macon 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.