The Last of the Dirigibles

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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.

Type of material
documentary film
Duration
23:36
16mm b&w, optical sound film
Rights for this video belong to
CBS5 KPIX-TV
Date aired
1964
Originally aired on
KPIX-TV
Identifier
V63840-2
Views
8075

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Thanks for posting this video.  That is my grandpa!

 Great bit of history. KPIX should show it now, albeit with a better voice over.It would be news to a lot of people.

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