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Pat Shingleton: "The Hindenburg and the LEMV."

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Posted: May 5, 2014 5:54 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Airships. Accidents.

In 2012 the "L.E.M.V." or Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle was tested at Lakehurst Naval Facility in New Jersey. This is the same location where the Hindenburg exploded on this date in 1937. On February 12, 1935, the U.S.S. Macon completed a training mission near Santa Barbara and south of Point Sur, it experienced squally weather. Lt. Commander Herbert Wiley ordered a maneuver when a gust jarred the airship's fin. Efforts to control it were futile and before it plunged into the ocean, Wiley gave the order to abandon ship. With inflatable vests, rafts and warm water temperatures, all but two of the 83-member crew survived. Its sister ship, Akron, crashed two years earlier killing 73. One of the survivor's was Lt. Commander Wiley.

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