The USS Navy Air Cruiser Akron flies over lower Manhattan's financial district in New York City in this Nov. 2. 1931 photo. The Akron went down in a violent storm off the New Jersey coast. The disaster claimed 73 lives, more than twice as many as the crash of the Hindenburg, four years later. The USS Akron, a 785-foot dirigible, was in its third year of flight when a violent storm sent it crashing tail-first into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after midnight on April 4, 1933. (AP Photo)
The christening of the U.S.S. Akron in 1931 attracted some 30,000 people to the recently constructed Airdock. (Akron BeaconJournal file photo)
Thousands of people attend the christening of the Navy airship the USS Akron at the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corp. Airdock on August 8, 1931.