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NOAA Surveys Wreck of Historic U.S. Navy Dirigible

Hall, D. and R. Saunders (June 2005)

NOAA Report, Volume XIV, no. 6

Seventy years after USS Macon's loss, researchers from NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program, the U.S. Geological Survey, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute are mapping the site of the wreck of Macon and four of its "parasite" aircraft. During the first survey of the Macon site since the Navy and the research institute documented Macon's remains in 1990 and 1991, researchers operating from the NOAA Ship McArthur II in May have created a complete map of the wreck site.