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Shenandoah Wreckage

Shenandoah Wreckage

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Shenandoah Wreckage

As seen on “Pawn Stars,” these items from the U.S.S. Shenandoah Navy airship wreckage are unique pieces of aviation history. A piece of the wreckage itself is included, along with a copy of the Daily Jeffersonian paper from September 4, 1925, and an inflatable promotional mini zeppelin.

The U.S.S. Shenandoah was based on the design of the World War I German Zeppelin. In the mid-1920s there was pressure on the Navy to send the U.S.S. Shenandoah out on promotional flights across the United States. However, the commanding officer, Lt. Cdr. Zachary Lansdowne, was aware of the structural limitations and did not think that traversing the Midwest during thunderstorm season was a solid idea. He suggested that the flights be postponed until thunderstorm season passed and was only given a short extension. Ultimately, Lansdowne was ordered to fly over 40 cities throughout the Midwest.

When the zeppelin was over Ohio on September 3, 1925 disaster struck. They were caught in a thunderstorm that took the aircraft down in pieces. Fourteen members of the crew perished, including Lansdowne. Several theories have developed as to the cause of the crash, but the one that stands out is that this aircraft was not made to operate in adverse weather conditions. The design was changed in subsequent zeppelins increasing safety.

Comes w/ "As Seen On Pawn Star" Certificate of Authenticity Signed by Rick Harrison

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