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Herbert Hover: 1929

Herbert Hover: 1929

Washington, D.C. Navy airship "Los Angeles" at the Hoover inauguration, March 1929. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.


LA over DC

The USS Los Angeles was built in Germany by the Zeppelin Company. Its first flight was August 27, 1924. It crossed the Atlantic (the last trans-Atlantic flight until Lindbergh in 1927) and landed at Lakehurst, NJ, at 9:56 am, October 15, 1924. Its final flight was June 24-25, 1932, having logged over 4000 hours on its 331 flights.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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