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Monday, April 23, 2007

The 1947 Dirigible Crash near Roswell

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From 1931 on, the United States Navy conducted test flights of dirigibles and blimps, contracted with the Goodyear Company.

World War II brought a recovery in the early 1940’s when the Litchfield Naval Air Facility and the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation employed as many as 7,500 people at one time. Dirigibles or “blimps” were built at the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation.

In the summer of 1947, the Navy was testing newly configured dirigibles, using the Army Air Force Holloman Base in New Mexico, then known as the Alamogordo Air Field:

Built by Goodyear Aircraft Corporation.
M-1 to M-4
M-1 Length 310 ft. Helium capacity 625,000 cu ft.
Powered by two 550 hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp engines. Cruising speed 60 mph.
M-2 - M-4 Length 310 ft. Helium capacity 647,000 cu.ft.
Powered by two 600 hp Pratt & Whitney engines.
Lift of 10,000 lbs.

Dirigibles were flown from Alamogordo to various air bases in New Mexico and Texas.

In July 1947 a flight from Alamogordo to the Roswell Auxiliary Army Air Field No. 2 was struck by lightning and crashed in an area East of Arabella.

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What details we have been able to muster can be found at our password-protected UFO site, open to bona fide UFO researchers and investigators.

2 Comments:

  • If you're going to do blurbs on subjects such as this, at least do a little homework first and not be so misleading.
    The photo you used is one of the USS Macon, a ZRS-5 class DIRIGIBLE, circi 1931, which is not even remotely related to the M-series NON-rigid BLIMPS of the 1947 era. A blimp is merely a 'gas-bag', such as a hot air balloon, which encloses a volume of lighter-than-air gaseous material such as helium.
    And yes, the M series blimps operated out of Almagordo, NM, since a primary helium production plant was located there. (it was a classified secret facility at that time).
    A lot of testing, including actual flights, was done using various ratios of hydrogen and helium. So of course, any lightning strike to the gas bag could easily cause a catastrophic explosion.

    Hollis

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, April 25, 2007  

  • Hollis,

    The original picture here was to show that that the Navy used blimps and dirigibles for a long period of time, preceding 1947, and continued to test them, as our posting indicates.

    For those who got overworked about the picture that headed up our post, because they didn't read it carefully, as is usually the case with ufological hobbyists, the mention of the M-series blimps would have contained a photo next to it, had we found one that suited the text.

    (We have a photo of a crashed M-series blimp, but just the tip of it, and it's online at our web-site.)

    We've placed a picture of the blimp that you (and others) need to calm your nerves, and we got it from a one-time friend's blog, for which we thank him.

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, April 25, 2007  

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