Prepare for image barrage! Thought I'd kick off this thread with two of my favorite airships of all time and some of the inspirations for Crimson Skies - the USS Akron and Macon! All images are from Wikipedia.
A photo of the USS Macon over Moffett Field.
Another picture of her over New York Harbor, circa Summer 1933.
This a picture of the F9C Sparrowhawk, the fighter plane used by the Akron's and Macon's pilots. The plane is shown over Moffett Field, California in 1934. The pilot is Lt. Harold B. Miller commander of the Macon's Heavier-Than-Air Unit. This plane was lost with the USS Macon. The Akron had a complement of either 3 or 4 planes, while the Macon's slightly larger hangar could carry as many as 5.
The USS Akron in flight, 1931. The little speck over her bow is an airplane.
An F9C in the Akron's hangar. This plane was lost in the Macon's crash.
Another Sparrowhawk catching the Akron's trapeze for a landing.
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