L313 Summer 2018 The Flying Aircraft Carriers of the US Navy
Wednesday, 9:40–11:05, July 11
Instructor: Peter Ansoff
In the early 1930s, the US Navy commissioned two large airships (dirigibles) that were designed to be mother ships for scouting airplanes. This course will discuss the origins of the program, the construction and characteristics of the ships and their air detachments, their operational histories, their fates, and their legacy. It will also touch briefly on some of the personalities who were involved in the program.
Peter Ansoff is recently retired from a career as a support contractor for US Navy shipbuilding programs, specializing in logistics. He is a long-time member of the Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) Society of the United States and has participated in two study visits to Germany related to LTA history.