The Last of the Dirigibles (Updated over a year ago)
KPIX documentary film from 1964, narrated by Captain Donald Mackey, about the US Navy's last rigid airship the U.S.S. Macon. Features archival footage of the Macon's construction at the Goodyear Air Dock in Springfield Township (Ohio) and of it's March 11th 1933 christening by Jeanettte Whitton Moffett and maiden flight. Also includes scenes of the Macon in action after it was commissioned on June 23rd 1933 at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Sunnyvale, in Santa Clara County (now Moffett Federal Airfield) and on fleet maneuvers. Ends by re-enacting the Macon's final flight and wreck off the coast of Big Sur on February 12th 1935, using extracts from Captain Herbert V. Wiley's official report and artist sketches. This film was edited by Dick Scott, written and produced by Dave Caldwell and the executive producer was Ray Hubbard.
Tags: airships, captain donald mackey, dave caldwell, dick scott, dirigibles, jeanette whitton moffett, moffett field, ray hubbard, rigid airship program, santa clara county, sunnydale, us navy, uss akron, uss macon, v63840-2
Added to San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive on September 22, 2011.
- Originally aired on: KPIX-TV
- Date aired: 1964
- Recording medium: 16mm b&w, optical sound film
- Rights for this video belong to: CBS5 KPIX-TV
- Duration: 23:36
- Type of material: documentary film