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Near Big Sur in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

End of an Era

U.S.S. Macon ZRS-5

 
 
End of an Era Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 4, 2013
1. End of an Era Marker
Inscription.
To commemorate the loss of the
U.S.S. Macon ZRS-5
12 February 1935
Plaque donated by the
Moffett Field Historical Society

 
Erected by Moffett Field Historical Society.
 
Location. 36° 18.227′ N, 121° 53.957′ W. Marker is near Big Sur, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Cabrillo Highway (California Route 1), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Big Sur CA 93920, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Point Sur Light Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cooper Cabin (approx. 2.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Point Sur State Historic Park is on the coast approximately 5 miles north of the town of Big Sur, California. The marker is located on the 'road' to the Point Sur Lighthouse, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Participation in the Point Sur Lighthouse tour is necessary to see this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Airships: The Hindenburg and other Zeppelins: USS Akron and USS Macon. The United States Navy airships U.S.S. Akron (ZRS-4)
End of an Era Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 4, 2013
2. End of an Era Marker
and U.S.S. Macon (ZRS-5) were designed for long-range scouting in support of fleet operations. Often referred to as flying aircraft carriers, each ship carried F9C-2 Curtiss Sparrowhawk biplanes which could be launched and recovered in flight, greatly extending the range over which the Akron and Macon could scout the open ocean for enemy vessels.
(Submitted on September 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. USS Macon & Sparrowhawks - YouTube. Period video clip. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

3. USS Macon - YouTube. NOAA video of the underwater wreckage of the U.S.S. Macon. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Relic Recovered from the U.S.S. Macon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 4, 2013
3. Relic Recovered from the U.S.S. Macon
U.S.S. Macon Recovering two Sparrowhawk Aircraft image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
4. U.S.S. Macon Recovering two Sparrowhawk Aircraft
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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