"An indistructable airship." Description of the Hindenburg

Most everyone has seen or heard about the crash of the Hindenburg dirigible in Lakehurst, NJ. But did you know that Virginia had its own dirigible disaster some 15 years earlier? The Roma was an Italian semi-rigid airship purchased by the U.S. from the Italian government in 1921 for use by the US Army. On February 21, 1922, it crashed during a test in Norfolk, killing 34 people. The cause of the crash was due to a failure in the rudder system which tragically steered the ship onto high voltage lines, causing it to erupt into flames. The event marked the greatest disaster in American aeronautics to that time.