: These three views show the wreckage of the U.S.S. Shenandoah airship in Ava, Noble County, Ohio. The crash site drew many curious onlookers and relic hunters. Each photograph measures 3.5" by 5.75" (8.89 by 14.61 cm). The Shenandoah was the first gas-filled rigid airship to be 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. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Transportation; Disasters; Airships; Aircraft; Shenandoah (Airship) Places
: Ava (Ohio); Noble County (Ohio)