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Vintage photos of:
C-2 Army blimp makes record flight through fog and storm. Photographed upon arrival at Bolling Field. A powerful searchlight helped guide the craft through heavy fogs.
-- Washington Post, July 29, 1922
July 1922. Washington, D.C. "C-2 dirigible at Bolling Field." The mystery aircraft first seen here. A few months later it met a fiery end in a hangar explosion in Texas. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
UPDATE: The photo is from July 1922. The original caption:
"Army dirigible C-2 at Bolling Field." More here.
Washington, D.C., or vicinity in what looks to be the 1920s. Who can put a name to this unidentified flying object? 4x5 glass negative. View full size.
"The Hindenburg over Boston Common, 1936." Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of the German airship's explosion at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Medium format acetate negative by Leslie Jones. Boston Public Library. View full size.
This image is part of my grandfather John Baker's "warbook" from World War II. The likely date of this image is August 15, 1944 according to notes written in the Warbook. According to the US Coast Guard ship history, the likely location for this is Baie de Cavalaire. This image was taken by Dale Rooks, as seen by his signature in the lower right. Dale Rooks and John Baker were both about the USS Duane, which was a Coast Guard cutter ship. View full size.