: This photograph shows a monument to the U.S.S. Shenandoah, located on U. S. Route. 21 near Ava, Ohio. The 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 airship 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. The photograph measures 2.75" x 2.75" (6.99 x 6.99 cm). View on Ohio Memory.
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: Transportation; Airships; Shenandoah (Airship); Aircraft accidents; Monuments & memorials Places
: Ava (Ohio); Noble County (Ohio)