03/31/2008. Remarks by Jack McKillop: "The USN signed a contract with the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation of Akron, Ohio, in 1928 to build two rigid scout airships, later named USS Akron (ZRS-4) and USS Macon (ZRS-5). These airships were unique in that they contained a 60 by 75 ft (18 by 23 m) hangar that could accommodate four small aircraft.
USS Akron was commissioned in 1931 and USS Macon in 1933. Aircraft would be launched and retrieved by means of a trapeze mounted
underneath the airship. The aircraft would have a "skyhook" to hook on to the trapeze and then be swung up into the hangar area.
In order to train Naval aviators in this technique of launching and retrieval, a temporary trapeze was mounted below the rigid airship USS
(ZR-3). The USN also needed a training plane for operations involving the trapeze and in 1929, they tested a Fleet Model 1
two-seat biplane as the XN2Y-1.
By March 1930, Fleet Aircraft, Inc. had been purchased by the Consolidated Aircraft Corp. and the USN
ordered six modified Fleet Model 2s as N2Y-1s. These six aircraft were initially assigned to USS Los Angeles and later to USS Akron and
USS Macon for training duties.
USS Akron crashed off the New Jersey coast in 1933. The following year, Waco XJW-1s were assigned to the USS Macon and three of the
N2Y-1s were placed in storage (one was converted to an experimental autogiro floatplane and redesignated XOZ-1 in 1935), one crashed
in July 1934, and the other two served as utility aircraft in the aircraft carriers USS Saratoga (CV-3) and USS Ranger (CV-4) until they were