The Sixty-ninth Congress recently enacted a law providing for a five-year aircraft building program, the naval portion of which includes the construction of two naval rigid airships each of 6,000,000 cubic feet lifting gas capacity. An appropriation for beginning the construction of the first of these becomes available at the beginning of the fiscal year 1928 and a competition for the design of this huge airship closed on May 15, 1927. By joint agreement with the Army, the Navy is charged with the development of rigid airships in this country and has been the only agency engaged in the United States in rigid airship operation. Fortunately, the commercial side so far has paralleled the naval phase of airship development, as the real usefulness of airships for either purpose cannot be achieved until certain necessary auxiliary features have been developed; therefore our naval efforts have a direct influence on the commercial future of airships.
Reflections on the Airship Situation
By Lieutenant Commander C. E. Rosendahl, U. S. Navy