U.S.S. Shenandoah Crash Sites


The U.S.S. Shenandoah was built for the U.S. Navy as a weapons system, flying laboratory, and as a scouting vessel. When completed, the majestic airship was 680 feet 2 inches long and 93 feet 2 inches high. Today, jet liners are fascinating to watch as they land and take off. Can you imagine what it must have been like to watch this huge, helium-filled ship break the horizon of Noble County back on September 3, 1925, when even an airplane was rare to see? What about when two relatives were watching from a yard and saw the ship elevate a little and then go back down? One, not believing her eyes said, “It looks like it’s breaking in two!” The other said, “My God, it is!” Tragically, 14 men lost their lives shortly thereafter.


Arrange a self-guided tour by contacting one of these crash site experts:

Theresa Rayner: 740-732-2740

John Powell: 740-732-4351

Noble County Historical Society 740-732-5288