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Published on Nov 23, 2013
This film shows a ZPG-2, Bu No 141559 making the last USN airship flight on August 31, 1962. According to James Shock: "This flight departed Lakehurst at 2:00 PM with pilots CDR Robert Shannon, pilot, Lundi Moore, co-pilot, and honorary co-pilots CDRs W.D. Ashe, Max Cawley, Angy James and Gordon Burke, with VADM C.E. Rosendahl, CAPT F.N. Klein, Jr. and CAPT R.F. Schultz (Klein's successor as C.O. at Lakehurst). The last Navy airship flew over the Lakehurst/Tom's River/ Lakewood, NJ area and landed at 3:36 PM. The pressure watch ceased on 24 September. Deflation and disassembly of the Navy's last airship was completed in December, 1962. This film was taken by blimp pilot William K. Kaiser (CDR, USNR), who participated in the first transatlantic flights of non-rigid airships in 1944 and served in the Mediterranean with Squadron ZP-14 during WWII. The last flight shown here ended 45 years of airship operations by the USN. The first flight was the DN-1 in 1917. Both were non-rigid airships. The USN also used rigid airships ZMC-2 (metal-clad), USS Shenandoah, Los Angeles (German-made), Akron, and Macon. It took the navy nearly another 45 years after this historic flight in 1962 to revive its LTA program with the MZ-3A experimental airship in 2006.