Thank god for Tam and the military. If it wasn't for them I might run out of really weird, extraordinary shit that no one would ever believe. Except you've got photos.
What we have here is a flying beer can, a blimp made out of aluminum, 100 rings or so of Alclad aluminum sheet 18 inches wide, riveted together by an automatic sewing machine, just a couple of months before the great stock market crash of 1929. It seems that this was the first use of this corrosion resistant alloy and since it was a success, it was used to build most of the aircraft in WW2. It also explains why they were able to restore a Spitfire they dug out of a Normandy beach a few years ago.
USS Los Angeles is about 650 feet long. The cruiser USS Raleigh steaming along on the water was about 550 feet long.
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