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Marker Details

Title, side A
Crash of the USS Shenandoah, September 3, 1925
Title, side B
Lighter-Than-Air Flight
Address
50495 OH 821
Ava, 43711
Location
W side of intersection of OH 821 and Johnny Woods River Road/County Road 12
Latitude
39.8306680
Longitude
-81.5741430
Subjects
Aeronautics, Ava

Picture Details

Title
Shenandoah Airship Fragments
Caption
Fragments of the U.S.S. Shenandoah were collected by souvenir hunters after the rigid airship crashed in Noble County in 1925. This image shows a clock, most likely one of the pilot's instruments. The U.S.S. Shenandoah was the first gas-filled rigid airship built in America, and the first airship inflated with helium, an inert gas, instead of hydrogen, which is potentially explosive. On the morning of September 3, 1925, the Shenandoah was caught in a storm over Ava, Ohio. It broke apart and crashed, killing 14 crew members, including its captain, Lieutenant Commander Zachary Lansdowne (1888-1925), a native of Greenville, Ohio (Om1483_003).