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USS Akron (ZRS-4)

Akron-class Rigid Airship / Scout / Aircraft Carrier

USS Akron (ZRS-4)

Akron-class Rigid Airship / Scout / Aircraft Carrier

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



Despite a career spanning a short two years, USS Akron ZRS-4 managed some 73 flights before crashing off the coast of New Jersey in 1933.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 1931
MANUFACTURER(S): Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation - USA
PRODUCTION: 1
OPERATORS: United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the USS Akron (ZRS-4) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 60
LENGTH: 785.10 feet (239.3 meters)
WIDTH: 132.87 feet (40.5 meters)
HEIGHT: 146.00 feet (44.5 meters)
ENGINE: 8 x Maybach VL-2 12-cylinder water-cooled inline piston engines developing 560 horsepower each while driving three-bladed metal propellers.
SPEED (MAX): 81 miles-per-hour (130 kilometers-per-hour; 70 knots)
RANGE: 6,835 miles (11,000 kilometers; 5,940 nautical miles)




ARMAMENT



FIXED, STANDARD:
8 x 0.30 caliber medium machine guns in defensive positions.

ALSO:
5 x Biplane aircraft
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• USS Akron (ZRS-4) - Base Designation






MEDIA









Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (81mph).

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Graph showcases the USS Akron (ZRS-4)'s operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
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Useful in showcasing the era cross-over of particular aircraft/aerospace designs.
Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Supported Arsenal
Graphical image of an aircraft medium machine gun
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.