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USS Akron Anniversary

Ask most people what the deadliest dirigible disaster in American history was, and they will tell you it was the Hindenburg.

Over twice as many died on the USS Akron on this date off of Atlantic City when it ran into a cold front. A second ship sent out to save survivors also crashed, killing two more and bringing the final death toll to 75. The crash of the Akron marked the end of the US Navy's blimp program in 1933.


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