A great piece of aviation history, navy history, and a must for any Akron, Ohio, or Goodyear collector! This 1931 booklet about the U. S. S. Akron is, I think, the rarer of the two 1931 versions. One with an illustrated cover was distributed via mail, as mentioned in the inside cover of the version listed here. I believe the version listed here was given out to those that actually went to see the airship in Akron.
Completed in 1931 at Goodyear facilities by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation, the airship was rolled out of the hanger in August, had preliminary flights in September, above Cleveland, and was delivered to the United States Navy in October. The airship had a number of accidents before it crashed in the Atlantic on April 3, 1933, when 73 of 76 on board perished. 2 additional deaths occured, when a military blimp on rescue reconnaissance crashed.
The 785 foot craft,along with its sister ship, the U.S. S. Macon, were the largest helium airships and the largest U.S. made airships.
The 9 inch by 6 inch 24 page booklet, was published by the Akron Typesetter Company, and the photo illustrated cover is different than the ones sent out via mail. The book has illustrations of construction, hangers, Goodyear buildings, and other leading industries in the Akron area. Goodyear and the City of Akron clearly had input to the piece, which also praises the benefits of Akron Ohio.
Very Good condition, with scuffs to back cover.