Airships and Lakehurst N.A.S.

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Here's the most recent photo I purchased that I enjoy sharing. The Graf Zeppelin approaches Lakehurst on August 4, 1929 after a flight from Friederichshafen.
 

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Here is the latest addition to my collection. There are several variations of this photo and it is one of my favorites. The airship Los Angeles tethered outside of Hangar 1. If anybody has any info about the rigid airship history at Lakehurst and/or the BOMARC program, I would like to hear from you. Photos, anecdotal stories or most anything else is much appreciated.Los Angeles.jpg
 
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I am assuming the BOMARC you are referring to is the missile defense system?
 

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I am assuming the BOMARC you are referring to is the missile defense system?
Sorry for being vague. Yes, the missile site off Rt. 539. I find it fascinating that two accidents that changed history, occurred, as the crow flies, about 2 miles from each other. The Hindenburg crash put the final nail in the coffin for practical travel by airships. The BOMARC (Boing and Michigan Aeronautical Research Center) accident in June 1960 was the worst nuclear accident on American soil until Three Mile Island. Although the BOMARC program lasted another 15 or so years, it was completely scrapped to make way for more sophisticated ground to air missiles.
 

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Here's the latest airship photo added to the collection. The Hindenburg docked at Hangar 1 is always a spectacular image but what I find interesting in this photo is the hood ornament/radiator cap on the car in the foreground. It looks more elaborate than one you'd find on any run of the mill car from the era.
 

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Here's my most recent addition to the collection. With each airship at nearly 700 feet in length, there is still plenty of room inside Lakehurst's Hanger 1. The Shenandoah is on the left, the Los Angeles on the right. For size reference, look at the truck under the tail of the Shenandoah.2 zeps.jpg
 
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Vying for Air Supremacy​


 
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