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USS Akron (ZRS-4)

Akron-class Rigid Airship / Scout / Aircraft Carrier

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.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 4/5/2019
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Year: 1931
Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Manufacturer(s): Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation - USA
Production: 1
Crew: 60
Length: 785.10 ft (239.3 m)
Width: 132.87 ft (40.5 m)
Height: 146.00 ft (44.5 m)
Power: 8 x Maybach VL-2 12-cylinder water-cooled inline piston engines developing 560 horsepower each while driving three-bladed metal propellers.
Speed: 81 mph (130 kph; 70 kts)
Range: 6,835 miles (11,000 km; 5,940 nm)
Operators: United States


8 x 0.30 caliber medium machine guns in defensive positions.

5 x Biplane aircraft

Graphical image of an aircraft medium machine gun

Variants / Models

• USS Akron (ZRS-4) - Base Designation
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