Scientists tell of undersea exploration of remnants of the airship USS Macon which crashed in 1935





For five days last week, deep-sea cameras snapped countless photographs of the wreck of the USS Macon.

In dark waters some 1,500 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, archaeologists searched for relics from the world's largest rigid airship, which crashed off California's Big Sur in 1935.

They found and photographed the airship's hangar bay, which contained four Sparrowhawk biplanes and their detached landing gear. Through the camera lens on a remotely operated unmanned vehicle, the Tiburon, the explorers were able to identify five of the Macon's German-built Maybach 12-cylinder gasoline engines.

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