The Airship ROMA Disaster in Hampton Roads

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In March 1921, Major John G. Thornell and his crew were detailed to Italy to procure a new experimental airship for the United States Army Air Service. Stationed at Langley Field in Hampton, the ROMA never lived up to expectations despite being heralded as the future of military innovation. Tragically, it crashed and erupted in a ball of fire in 1922, claiming the lives of thirty-four of the brave men aboard. Author Nancy E. Sheppard reveals the forgotten, harrowing story of one of the last great airships and those who sacrificed for the promise of a new era in aviation.
ISBN: 9781467119207
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Disaster
Images: 83
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Nancy E. Sheppard is a writer and historian of her native Hampton Roads, Virginia. She received her education in history from American Military University and Old Dominion University. Over the past four years she has been devoted to discovering and telling the story of the U.S. Army Air Service dirigible ROMA and her crew. Aside from her research and writing, Sheppard is a tireless advocate for the awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders and special needs family members in the military community.
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