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United States Navy K-Type Airships Pilot's Manual

Goodyear Aircraft Corporation

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ISBN 10: 1940453356 / ISBN 13: 9781940453354
Published by Periscope Film LLC, 2015
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: United States Navy K-Type Airships Pilot's ...

Publisher: Periscope Film LLC

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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In 1937, the U.S. Navy ordered a new class of Goodyear-built blimps with an envelope of over 400,000 cubic feet of helium. The “K” class carried a forty-foot long control car and were powered by two Pratt & Whitney Wasp nine-cylinder radial air-cooled engines. They were intended to be used for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) duties. In addition to navigational equipment that allowed night flights, the blimps were equipped with the ASG-type radar, that had a detection range of 90 mi (140 km), sonobuoys, and magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) equipment. The K-ships also carried four Mk-47 depth bombs, two in a bomb bay and two externally, and were equipped with a .50 in (12.7 mm) Browning machine gun in the forward part of the control car. An aircrew of 10 normally operated the K-ships, consisting of a command pilot, two co-pilots, a navigator/pilot, airship rigger, an ordnanceman, two mechanics, and two radiomen.This Goodyear-issued official U.S. Navy Pilot’s Manual is a reproduction of an original issued in 1942. It discusses the airship and its flight controls, the envelope pressure control system, power plant and electrical system, and more. Originally “restricted”, this manual was declassified long ago.

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