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Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Airdock

 
 
Airdock Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 7, 2011
1. Airdock Marker
Inscription.
A colossus of engineering acumen and structural steel, the Airdock was built in 1929 as the construction facility for the U.S. Navy's rigid airships, the USS Akron (1931) and USS Macon (1933). The airships, or dirigibles, served as the fleet's aerial watchdogs, but with the advancement of aircraft carriers, the Navy no longer needed these leviathans of the skies, which were large enough to carry five biplanes. Eleven steel parabolic arches, cresting at 211 feet, create one of the largest open space interiors in the world and shelter more than 364,000 square feet of floor space. Only one of the arches is fixed to its concrete piling. Its 660-ton spherical doors rest on flatbed railroad cars to open. The Airdock, a National Civil Engineering Landmark, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
 
Erected 2003 by Lockheed Martin and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 29-77.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 2.567′ N, 81° 27.714′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is on Triplett Boulevard (Ohio Route 241), on the
Airdock and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 7, 2011
2. Airdock and Marker
right when traveling east. Touch 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. Karl Arnstein (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
 
Also see . . .
1. Goodyear Airdock. (Submitted on June 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Goodyear (Blimp) Airdock. (Submitted on June 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. USS Akron (ZRS-4). (Submitted on June 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. USS Macon (ZRS-5). (Submitted on June 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMan-Made Features
 
Photo on Airdock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Photo on Airdock Marker
View of Airdock from Derby Downs image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 7, 2011
4. View of Airdock from Derby Downs
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 431 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 16, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2, 3, 4. submitted on June 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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