U.S.S. Akron in flight at Akron, Ohio

Airship USS Akron – ZRS-4

Mistaken Identity

The airship featured on this vintage Akron postcard was not the USS Akron ZRS-4. Pictured here is most likely the USS Los Angeles. Misidentifying these airships was not a one time an artist made this ][mistake. On another popular postcard of the day, the USS Los Angeles is shown flying over Washington D.C., but she was again misidentified as the USS Akron.

USS Akron / USS Los Angeles, Washington, D.C.

Mixup – USS Akron / USS Los Angeles, Washington, D.C.

USS Los Angeles zR-3

The USS Los Angeles was a rigid airship, designated ZR-3, which was built by the Zeppelin company in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Its construction was part of the war reparation issued against Germany. The airship was delivered to the United States Navy in October 1924 and decommissioned in 1932. The USS Los Angeles did make visits to Akron.


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