Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The innovations of Dr. Karl Arnstein (1887-1974), an aerospace industry pioneer, form the foundation for lighter-than-air technology in use today. His mathematical proof and application of modern stress analysis allowed the construction of larger, stronger rigid airships. Born in Prague, he led airship design at the Luftschiffbau-Zeppelin Company in Germany. Dr. Arnstein immigrated to Akron, Ohio, in 1924 to serve as vice-president of engineering at Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation. With his team of twelve German immigrant engineers, Arnstein oversaw development of the Navy's dirigibles Akron and Macon. He received 35 U.S. aviation related patents, from designs for hollow metal girders to an aerodynamic airship hanger, the Airdock in Akron. From 1940 until retirement in 1957, Dr. Arnstein headed engineering at Goodyear Aircraft Corporation, a leading aerospace contractor, which produced more than 200 Navy blimps, 4,000 Corsair fighter planes, plus airplane and missile parts.
Erected 2003 by The Lighter-Than-Air Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 30-77.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° Click for map. Marker is about 350 feet northeast of the original Akron Fulton Airport terminal building and about 150 feet ESE of the Triplett Boulevard roundabout. Marker is in this post office area: Akron OH 44312, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Airdock (here, next to this marker); Motorless Flight (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Soap Box Derby (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alaskan Totem Pole (approx. 0.3 miles away); Franklin Augustus "F. A." Seiberling and The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (approx. 2 miles away); Middlebury Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Middlebury Lodge No. 34 F.&A.M. (approx. 2.4 miles away); United States Synthetic Rubber Program 1939-1945 (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Akron.
Regarding Karl Arnstein. A biography, When Giants Roamed the Sky: Karl Arnstein and the Rise of Airships from Zeppelin to Goodyear, was written by Dale Topping.
Also see . . . Karl Arnstein. (Submitted on June 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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