Unknown Photographer, The USS Akron Under Construction, (1930)
The above Photographs show the USS Akron under construction at the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation “air dock” hangar in Akron, Ohio on Nov. 5, 1930. Because she was the biggest airship ever to be built in America up to that point, a special hangar was constructed and a team of experienced German airship engineers, led by Chief Designer Karl Arnstein instructed and supported design and construction of the ship. Unfortunately, The USS Akron had a relatively short lifespan. Shortly after midnight, in the early minutes of April 4,1933, the ship was hit by a series of strong updrafts and downdrafts off the New Jersey coast. Akron rose and fell in the strong winds, and while attempting to climb, the ship’s tail struck the water. With its control surfaces destroyed, Akron was lost, and the ship crashed into the ocean, killing 73 of her 76 crewmen and passengers.
A major winter storm imaged by NOAA’s GOES-East satellite on February 11, 2014. This storm is the second in two weeks to cause snow and freezing rain to regions of the United States that rarely experience it, including Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina. The unexpected cold weather has caused significant disruptions to transportation, resulting in hundreds of accidents and trapping thousands of motorists in gridlock.