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When Giants Roamed the Sky: Karl Arnstein and the Rise of Airships from Zeppelin to Goodyear Paperback – November 1, 2000

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'Very readable and informative work Chr(45) a must for airship buffs.' --Armchair Auctions Jan 2010

About the Author

Dale Topping (1917-1993) held a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in theoretical and applied mechanics. During his career he worked for Bell Aerospace-Textron and Goodyear Aerospace Corporation.

Eric Brothers is a native of Akron and free-lance journalist. He succeeded Dale Topping as editor of Buoyant Flight.


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  • Series: Series on Ohio History and Culture
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Akron Press; 1st ed edition (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884836704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884836701
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Format: Paperback
Did you know that, during the 1920s, President Franklin D Roosevelt

was Vice President of a Company planning to build or fly

passenger airships such as the Hindenburg?

The book describes the career of the German Zeppelin Engineer,

Dr Arnstein, hired by Goodyear to design the US Navy Akron and Macon,

780 ft long flying aircraft carriers, each with 5 Curtis F9C2 fighters

inside. The man when to 2 different German Universities simultaneously

and got a degree from each in the time most of us get

just one degree at one University.

You can see the N2Y trainer used with the airships in the

National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola, Florida,

and the F9C2 at the Smithsonian.

The Airships themselves are on the bottom of the ocean.

Even today, our ocean-surface Aircraft Carriers operate at maybe

35 knots. The Flying Carriers of the early 1930s operated at 70 knots -

twice the speed of delivery of planes where needed. Their plane operations

were 100% successful - never a plane lost in mid-air

launch or recovery.

My father flew US Navy ASW Airships during WW2, and knew of the

Akron and Macon - the Macon had been flying just 7 years before

he was trained in 1942, and the huge WW2 Blimp hangars still standing,

for example at Lakehurst, NJ and Sunnyvale/Mountain-View, CA,

were built to handle planned WW2 rigids even bigger than the Macon.

When I showed Dad a photo of the Macon's crew, he was astonished

to see almost 100 men. Dad's small K-type airships, enthusiastically

supported by president FDR, flew with a crew of 10.
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