Shenandoah Crash Site Images

The first American-built rigid airship to use helium, the USS Shenandoah (ZR-1, commissioned 1923) was destroyed in a squall on September 3, 1925, with the bulk of the airship crashing near Ava, Ohio; a 125 ft piece of the bow section landed 12 miles away. Fourteen of the crew of 43 men were killed.