Exploring the wreck of the USS Macon

1935 US Zeppelin Wreckage Investigated at 785 Feet Underwater

Cool:

Today all that remains of the Macon and the four warplanes carried in its massive belly are ruins scattered on the seafloor- a historic site that is being intensively explored for the first time in a five-day expedition that started Sunday.

The expedition is expected to last five days.

Researchers are using a remote underwater vessel called the Western Flyer to record videotape of the wreckage. Those pictures will be used to recreate the debris field.

Even cooler: Follow the expedition in real time!

LIVE! From the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Macon Dirigible Airship September 18th-21st

Here’s a couple of screenshots showing some wreckage (And some fish):

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Plus: ’35 crash comes to light

UPDATE: Haunting painting of the loss from National Geographic in the extended section below


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Comments

  1. I don’t think an intact structure full of Helium would sink like that. Unless they’re concealing a great gaping whole on the other side. The Shenandoah crashed a couple miles from the place where my Grandfather lived, there’s now a really cheap and disgusting roundish hotel on the site, just off I-70 near Cambridge, Oh.

  2. It did float around nose-up for quite a while after hitting the water. That’s why they didn’t find it until the early 1990s, I think. They knew where it crashed but not where it sank.