Airships and Lakehurst N.A.S.

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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?
 

rc911

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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.