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Airship Roma disaster...



Item # 557046

February 23, 1922

LEOMINSTER DAILY ENTERPRISE, from Leominster, Massachusetts, dated February 23, 1922

* Airship Roma disaster
* Norfolk VA crash

This 8 page newspaper has a four column headline on the front page:

* BREAKDOWN OF CONTROLS CAUSE OF 'ROMA' DISASTER


with lengthy subhead.

Other news of the day. Some browning and little wear at the margins, should be handled with care.

wikipedia notes: The United States purchased the Roma from the Italian government for $250,000 in 1921. It was previously designated T34. It was the largest semi rigid airship in the world. It crashed in Norfolk, Virginia during test flights on February 21, 1922. The crash was believed to be caused by failure of the Roma's box rudder system, which allowed it to maneuver over tight areas. The ship contacted high voltage lines, and burst into flames. 34 people were killed, 8 were injured, and 3 escaped unharmed. The event marked the greatest disaster in American aeronautics to that time. The ship was piloted by Captain Dale Mabry. This was the last hydrogen filled airship used by the US; all future ships were filled with helium

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