|2019 Reunion in Akron, Ohio
|On the bus with our guide Jeff Iula for a tour of Akron and vicinity.
|This stop on our tour was especially nice for one of our own shipmates.
Leonard Herberger. Back in the day Len had participated in his own home
| The view down the track had to be awesome for a 7 year old competitor.
|Soap Box Derby Downs was within view of the Goodyear Airdock.
The Goodyear Airdock in Akron, Ohio, was constructed in 1929 by the Goodyear Zepplin
Corporation from plans created by the Wilbur Watson Engineering Company of Cleveland,
Ohio. Work began on April 20, 1929, and by November 25 the Airdock was completed at a
cost of $2.2 million. With the construction of the Airdock, Akron became one of the centers
for development and construction of lighter-than-air ships. Two dirigibles, the Akron (ZRS-4)
and its sister, the Macon (ZRS-5), were built in the Airdock and launched in 1931 and 1934
respectively. The building later housed the photographic division of the Goodyear Aerospace
Corporation. The semi-paraboloid shaped building has been described as "half a silkworm's
cocoon, cut in half the long way." The maximum length of the Goodyear Airdock is 1,175 feet
with a maximum width of 325 feet and a maximum height of 211 feet. At the ends of the
building are identical semi-spherical doors, each weighing 600 tons. These doors are fastened at
the top by hollow forged pins 17 inches in diameter and six feet long. The doors rest on 40
wheels set on curved railroad tracks.
On either side of the building, approximately 100 feet above ground level, is a row of 12
windows. Atop the building at the northeast end is a control tower and radio aerial. The airdock
might be said to "breathe," as it is mounted on rollers to compensate for expansion and
contraction due to temperature changes. At the time it was built, it was the largest building in
the world without interior supports. Before starting the design of the Akron Goodyear Airdock,
Dr. Karl Arnstein, director of engineering of the Goodyear Zepplin Corporation had extensive
tests conducted on a model of the building in the wind tunnel of the Daniel Guggenheim School
of Aeronautics of New York University. According to Wilbur J. Watson in his article Building
the World's Largest Airship Factory and Dock for the Goodyear Aerospace Corporation, tests
conducted on a model 1/240th of the size of the building, "demonstrated the superiority of this
shaped building in offering minimum resistance to wind currents, and also furnished valuable
information in regard to the magnitude and distribution of the suction forces caused by the
action of the wind on the surface of the building." When World War II broke out enclosed
production areas were rapidly needed, and the Airdock was used for this purpose. The Airdock
has more recently served as the site of the 1986 kickoff rally for the United Way of Summit
County and some 200,000 members of the public visited. President Clinton spoke here as a
candidate in the 1992 election, bringing some 30,000 visitors to the site. Loral Corporation
purchased Goodyear Aerospace Corporation and the Goodyear Airdock, in 1987 and it was
later acquired by the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 1996.
The Goodyear Airdock is located at 1210 Massillion Rd., Akron, Ohio, and can be easily seen
from U.S. Rt. 224 just east of downtown Akron. The airdock is not open to the public.The
Goodyear Airdock was also documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic
American Engineering Record .
|We took another bus ride down to Amish Country. We enjoyed a good meal and went to
the Amish Country Theater.
| One of our stops included our Ohio Veterans' Memorial Park which everyone seemed to
enjoy. It is maintained by volunteers . Donations are greatly appreciated. Check out their
Website Ohio Veterans' Memorial Park
| Last but not least was our banquet.
| Unfortunately Mark had to take Everett home. No emergency. Everett was just tiring out
and they thought it best that he return home. He's doing fine now resting at home.
| Ron introduced us to Carol who is going to blend in with the "family". It was just like putting
on a glove. NO! NO! NOT OJ's GLOVE! One like we wear that feel so good and
comfortable. Ha, ha,ha,ha.
| A hearty welcome to Don and Linda Hicks.
Don and I served on the USS Stribling DD 867.
The Stribling was a Gearing Class Destroyer.
I thought I was in heaven when I saw the enclosed passageway!
What a welcome change for sure.
| It's official. It's written in stone! Thank you very, very much Charles and
Glenna for all you two do for our "Family" Club. You're stuck till the bitter
end. (Something like marriage.)
| That's it for the pictures this year.
See you all in Chattanooga, TN next year!