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French title : Le dirigeable
Jack Holt (Jack Bradon)
Ralph Graves ("Frisky" Pierce)
Fay Wray (Helen Pierce)
Hobart Bosworth (Louis Rondelle)
"Frisky" just landed at Naval Air Station Lakehurst (KNEL), New Jersey.
Note "N.A.S. ANACOSIA U.S. NAVY" on the fuselage. How strange for a tansamerica record flight as there is around 185 miles between these two Naval Air Stations (N.A.S Anacosia is near Washington D.C., so both are on East Coast).
Scout biplane built by Vought and used by "Frisky" to test the parasite aircraft with the airship.
In fact, such test were made by the Navy at the end of 1929 and 1930. They led to the definitive concept (with onboard hangar) of the future USS Akron (ZRS-4) and USS Macon (ZRS-5).
Note on some shot the camera on the rear of the fuselage.
Used for "in action" filming during the release ...
ZK Site Balloons class.
Caquot R type of the U.S. Navy.
ZR-3 "Los Angeles" Airship
USS Los Angeles was decommissioned in 1932. Of the four rigid airships of the US Navy, the Los Angeles is the only one which did not meet a disastrous end.
ZMC-2 (Zeppelin Metal Clad 200,000 cubic foot capacity) is the shorter and potbellied one
ZR-3 "Los Angeles" Airship, ? , ? with (bottom right corner) ZMC-2.
ZMC-2 was operated by the U.S. Navy at Lakehurst, New Jersey from 1929 until its scrapping in 1941 totalising 752 flights, and logged 2265 hours of flight time.
Once rescued by the carrier vessel, lieutenant commander Bradon is the passenger of this Vought Corsair which brings him to the States.
In fact, it's a N.A.F. TS-1 from VF-1 (serial 1-F-23 seen inverted) which lifts off the wheels !
Seen just a glimpse of what seems to be a Lockheed Vega on floats when the team is sailing towards Punta Arenas.
Once on Antarctica, the crew eventually used a Fokker F.10.
Registration is seen on a model during the crash scene : NC591E.
This was used for a Fokker F.10A (c/n 1021) of Western Air Express which crashed ... in October 1929 ... in New Mexico !
A Trimotor model to explain the new concept.
Pictures of High Wing Monoplane and model desk of the ZR-3 "Los Angeles" Airship.