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160904-0026 - Imperial Japanese Navy Airship


Ibaraki Showa 1920s Unknown

The Nobile N3 semi-rigid airship (飛行船), Sixth Airship (第六航空船) of the Imperial Japanese Navy, inside a hangar at Kasumigaura Air Field (霞ヶ浦飛行場) in Ibaraki Prefecture, 1927 (Showa 2).

The airship was designed by Italian aviator, aeronautical engineer and Arctic explorer Umberto Nobile (ウンベルト・ノビレ, 1885–1978). It had a range (航続距離) of 1120 nautical miles at a cruising speed (巡航速度) of about 30 knots (55.56 km/h).

The N-3 arrived in Japan during January 1927 and was assembled by Nobile and a team of Italian technicians.

It made a successful first flight on April 6 with a crew of six Japanese and six Italians.

After naval manoeuvres south of Tokyo, it was forced to make an emergency landing on Kozu-shima Island (神津島) on October 23 because of strong winds.

After the crew safely embarked, the airship was blown out to sea and exploded.

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