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In March, 1926, Rosendahl was assigned as Executive Officer of USS Los Angeles, and was given command of the ship two months later. Rosendahl was a dynamic and energetic commander who was filled with enthusiasm for his ship and its mission. During the next three years, under Rosendahl’s leadership, USS Los Angeles logged over 1,400 flight hours during more than 100 flights, including an almost 40-hour nonstop flight to the Panama Canal Zone and a 52-hour nonstop return, and multiple moorings to the support ship Patoka.
The photograph was taken from the Prado in Balboa, looking toward Sosa Hill. The building is a 4-family residence for employees of the Panama Canal and the palm trees are Royal Palms planted by the Canal organization along the entire length of the Prado (1,000 feet long – that simulated the length of one of the Canal’s lock chambers).
Yes, it appears to be similar to the Navy’s USS Los Angeles. But, I believe the USS Los Angeles perished in the 1930’s with all hands aboard. I suspect this is a similar class visiting Albrock Air Base or Rodman Naval Air Station just beyond the pictured Sosa hill. The photo was taken in Balboa CZ near the Elementary School side of the Prado. Judging the size of the palm trees on the Prado perimiter, my guess is 1940’s during WW II.
Ray — it was the Akron that perished in a violent storm New Jersey with all but three. Jake Baker’s dad was a crew member, but he was on leave in the CZ when it happened in April 1933 My source: Jake Baker. Akron’s life & loss are covered in http://www.airships.net/us-navy-rigid-airships/uss-akron-macon/uss-akron – Nina
http://www.czimages.com/CZMemories/Photos/photoof558.htm Bill McLaughlin had this picture & supporting info in 2009.
From location of engines his has to be the USS Los Angeles.. The USS Shenandoa also had outboard engines, but it never came to Panama. Shenandoah destryed by storm 3 Sep 1925 over Ohio with 14 killed , 11 survived. More Modern USS Akron was destryed by storm off coast of New England 3 April 1933 with 73 dead and 3 survivors. USS Macon, sister of Akron, destroey by storn off coast of California with all but one of her planes on board on 12 Feb.1935.with 2 dead and 74 survivors. No US airship ever burned. Ironically, the Los Angeles, German built as reparations for WW I, survived in hangar until WW II when it was dismantled for the metal. Los Angeles visited Panama CZ sometime during Feb. 16-20, 1931, as part of the “White Fleet” defending the Canal. The Akron visited Panama CZ without landing in Jan. 1933. I cannot find evidence that Macon ever visited Panama CZ.
I should have checked my spelling before sending!
Airship Akron is flying Balboa, Panama Canal Zone in March 1933.
Jorge: I would love to see a photo of Akron in Balboa. I seem to recall seeing a photo of Akron close to the tarmack someplace in the CZ, but I can’t recall where, or if I am dreaming. Luis Celerier
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