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Maiden Flight of the Final and Most Modern Army Airship was Conducted at Scott Field

TC-14 in flight in its two-engine configuration, a common sight in the Metro-East skies during the years 1935-37. Before the final demise of U.S. Army Air Corps lighter-than-air (LTA) operations, the LTA Airmen of Scott Field had the distinction of assembling the largest non-rigid airship ever constructed in the United States. Designated “TC-14” (for “Training, Type C”) (technically “TC-14-351), this ship was an improved version of the experimental TC-13 which had been operating out of Langley Field, Virginia., for two years. The TC-14 was engineered for the maximum efficiency in lift, speed.and fuel economy and incorporated all of the cumulative advances in LTA technology. TC-14 was the last Army airship to be constructed and was designed primarily for training, coastal patrol, scouting, and observation.

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