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Blimp USN ZP-32, L-8 "Ghost Blimp" 

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Postage Stamp Collection 1:350 5410-1
Blimp USN ZP-32, L-8 "Ghost Blimp"

Historical Note:


The L class blimps were commercial airships built by Goodyear Aircraft Company for advertising purposes. They were requisitioned by the US Navy during World War II and were used as training airships and on limited coastal patrols off their base in Moffett Field in California.On August 16, 1942, the blimp designated as L-8 was on a routine anti-submarine patrol when the airbase lost contact with the crew. The airship was spotted by several witnesses as it went on and off a dense fog bank until finally drifting in from the Pacific Ocean and landing in the streets of Daly City -- without either of the crewmen on board. No trace of both men were ever found.

The postage stamp die-cast metal, historical airplanes include aircraft from WWI to present. They are fully decorated with authentic details and come with a display stand. Wingspans are from 4 1/2" to 8".

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American Blimp MZ-3A United States Navy Airship.wmv (20:04)
I saw the MZ-3A crossing Highway 301 near Lucama, North Carolina on last Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Little did I know that it was probably its last flight for a long time! It was making its way back to The Navy Base at Lakehurst, NJ to be deflated and stored for who knows how long. It had just been given fresh colors in October, 2011 for the Centennial of Naval Aviation. The cool thing is, shortly, I am going to upload some pictures to my Facebook page taken almost 100 years ago during WW I of some reconnaissance (Lighter-Than-Air-LTA) Airships at the Front near the "Hindenburg Line," Chateau-Thierry, Verdun and the Argonne Forest. My grandfather, Adelbert B. Chanel, had sneaked a camera along and was also a cartographer for the troops and so he was able to take pictures from all sorts of places. We still have the graph notebook that he recorded points of interest and his smaller maps. My father, as a young officer just released from the Navy after WW II, was a Mechanical Engineer at the Goodyear Blimp Hanger in the late 1940's. The wonderful music is by Eric Whitacre. The first song is "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine." The second song is "Libertas Imperio." from his musical, "Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings" and the lyrics are by David Narona. The last song is "I Thank You God for This Most Amazing Day," the words which are from a poem by e. e. cummings.
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