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USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), left and USS Los Angeles (ZR-3), right, in 1924 in Hangar No. 1, Lakehurst, New Jersey

List of airships of the United States Navy identifies the airships of the United States Navy by type, identification, and class.

Rigid airships (ZR)

In the background, Los Angeles, in front of it, (l to r) J-3 or 4, K-1, ZMC-2, in front of them, "Caquot" observation balloon, and in foreground free balloons used for training. US Navy airships and balloons, 1931

Main article: Rigid airship

Fabric-clad rigid airships

The fabric-clad rigid airships were given commissions, the same as warships.[1]

Akron class

(ZRCV), proposed successor to the Akron class, not built

Other airships

All other airships were registered as aircraft.

Further information: List of United States Navy aircraft designations (pre-1962) § Pre-1954 airship systems, and List of United States Navy aircraft designations (pre-1962) § Other airships

Metal rigid airships

Semi-rigid airships

Main article: Semi-rigid airship

Blimps (non-rigid airships)

Main article: Blimp


See also


  1. ^ Reilly, John C. (December 2022). "Christening, Launching, and Commissioning of U.S. Navy Ships". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 25 March 2023.
  2. ^ Higham, Robin, "The British Rigid Airship, 1908-1931 A study in weapons policy," London, G.T. Foulis & Co Ltd. p. 222, 1961
  3. ^ Althoff, William F., "Sky Ships," New York, Crown Publications, p. 17, 1990, ISBN 0-517-56904-3
  4. ^ Grossnick, Roy A., "Kite Balloons to Airships. . . the Navy's Lighter-than-air Experience,", Washington, Government Printing Office, 1986