Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Press Room
27 September 2006

High-resolution images from the 2006 expedition to the wreck of the USS Macon.

(For more information, see news release: Ocean expedition explores submerged wreck of historic naval airship USS Macon in NOAA Monterey Bay Sanctuary.)

For questions about these images, please contact Kim Fulton-Bennett, kfb@mbari.org, 831-775-1835.


Image credit: (c) 2006 NOAA/MBARI

This rough photomontage was compiled from several thousand overlapping frames from high-definition video collected during the expedition to the USS Macon. The most visible objects are the wings of four sparrowhawk biplanes that were carried aboard the Macon. This montage was created by "flying" the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Tiburon over the seafloor in the grid pattern, using special control software developed by professor Steve Rock at Stanford University. Over the next few months, these rough images will be combined and color corrected by a computer to create an exquisitely detailed map of the wreck of the Macon
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Image credit: (c) 2006 NOAA/MBARI

This color-corrected undersea photograph shows the wing and cockpit of one of the Curtiss Sparrowhawk biplanes that went down with the USS Macon. The tube at lower right was a telescopic gun site. Just above the cockpit is the frame for the "sky-hook" that allowed the biplane pilot to dock with a trapeze hanging beneath the belly of the USS Macon.
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Image credit: (c) 2006 NOAA/MBARI

Here is another color-corrected undersea photograph showing the wing and cockpit of one of the Curtiss Sparrowhawk biplanes that went down with the USS Macon. The tube at lower right was a telescopic gun site. Just above the cockpit is the frame for the "sky-hook" that allowed the biplane pilot to dock with a trapeze hanging beneath the belly of the USS Macon.
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Image credit: (c) 2006 NOAA/MBARI

This undersea photo shows a rockfish swimming through the frame for the "sky-hook" that allowed this Curtiss Sparrowhawk biplane to dock with the USS Macon.
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Image credit: (c) 2006 NOAA/MBARI

This color-corrected undersea photograph shows the wing tip of one of the Curtiss Sparrowhawk biplanes that went down with the USS Macon. If you look closely you can see bits of fabric that originally covered the plane's wing, as well as portions of a red, white, and blue star design that was painted on the wing.
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Image credit: (c) 2006 NOAA/MBARI

This color-corrected underwater photograph shows the remains of the nose or "bow" of the USS Macon. The thick rod was part of a docking assembly that was used to moor the airship to a ground-based "mooring mast" after landing.
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Image credit: (c) 2006 NOAA/MBARI

This color-corrected underwater photograph shows portions of some of the USS Macon's fuel tanks. The circular baffles prevented the fuel from sloshing around while the airship was in flight.
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