List of airships of the United States Navy

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List of airships of the United States Navy identifies the airships of the United States Navy by type, identification, and class.

Rigid airships

In the background, ZR-3, in front of it, (l to r) J-3 or 4, K-1, ZMC-2, in front of them, "Caquot" observation balloon, and in foreground free balloons used for training. US Navy airships and balloons, 1931

Metal rigid airships

Fabric-clad rigid airships

ZR-2 was under contract from Britain, where construction had been started on it as the R38. ZR-2 was contracted for in October 1919 while under construction but crashed in 1921 before the US Navy could take delivery of it and did not officially receive its US designation, though it was painted in accordance with its planned Navy designation. On the fourth test flight of R-38, severe control inputs at low altitude and high speed cause the structural failure of the airship with the loss of the majority of the crew.[1] Sixteen of the men killed were USN training to fly the ship back to Cape May, NJ.[2]

Semi-rigid airships

Blimps (non-rigid airships)

See also


  1. Higham, Robin, "The British Rigid Airship, 1908-1931 A study in weapons policy," London, G.T. Foulis & Co Ltd. p. 222, 1961
  2. Althoff, William F., "Sky Ships," New York, Crown Publications, p. 17, 1990, ISBN 0-517-56904-3
  3. Grossnick, Roy A., "Kite Balloons to Airships. . . the Navy's Lighter-than-air Experience,", Washington, Government Printing Office, 1986


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