Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk Biplane On USS Akron (ZRS-4)





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Published on Jun 14, 2012

National Archives Identifier: 28558
US Navy Dirigible Akron in flight (1930s). Int, dirigible, old-type biplane being hoisted aboard while in flight. AVs, biplane suspended under dirigible. Plane is dropped and flies off. Int, control room. Sailor steering the airship. MCU, mail bags. Int, naval officers eating at table. Men walking along catwalk of dirigible.

USS Akron (ZRS-4) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
USS Akron (ZRS-4) was a helium-filled rigid airship of the United States Navy that was lost in a weather-related accident off the New Jersey coast early on April 4, 1933, killing 73 of the 76 crew and passengers on board. During its accident-prone 18-month term of service, she also served as a flying aircraft carrier for launching F9C Sparrowhawk biplane fighters.
At 785 ft (239 m) long, 20 ft (6.1 m) shorter than the German commercial airship Hindenburg, Akron and her sister Macon were among the largest flying objects in the world. Although the Hindenburg was longer, it was filled with hydrogen, so the two U.S. airships still hold the world record for helium-filled airships.

Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Sparrowhawk is an example of a parasite fighter, a small airplane designed to be deployed from a larger aircraft such as an airship or bomber. At 20 ft (6.1 m) long and with only a 25 ft (7.6 m) wingspan, the Sparrowhawk was ideal for service in the fighter complement of large rigid-framed airships because of its small size. Although the Sparrowhawk was armed, its primary duty was reconnaissance, and it provided the airships it served with a much wider search area. Akron was reported to have a complement of three Sparrowhawks, while Macon was discovered at its underwater resting place with four in its hangar.

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