|USS Shenandoah www.wikipedia.org click for photos|
The frame was made of a special alloy of aluminum and copper, the gas cells, that held the helium, was made of goldbeaters skins which where the large intestines of cattle which had been processed.
Goldbeaters skins refers to the use of these skins in the manufacture of gold leaf.
When ready for service the Shenandoah was 680 feet long, with a beam of 78 feet and a height of 93 feet. She was armed with six 7.62mm Lewis machine guns and carried 3000 pounds of bombs.
In 1925 the Navy re-worked the USS Patoka to be the first Airship Service Vessel, that would allow the Shenandoah and others to patrol around the world. The Shenandoah had already made cross country flights to California and on to Washington to test mooring masts at different locations.
|Attached to the USS Patoka AO-9 www.wikipedia.org|
|The wreckage of USS Shenandoah ZR-1|