E-class blimp

The E class of US Navy blimps comprised a single airship, built during World War I by Goodyear as one of a group of three small blimps offered to the US government. Two were purchased for the US Navy and one for the US Army. The Navy blimps were designated E-1, F-1, and the Army airship A-1. These airships had identical envelopes but different cars.[1] The E-1 was delivered to Pensacola, Florida in December 1918. It was flown only at Pensacola serving as a trainer at the Airship School. A new envelope was provided in December 1920.[1] E-1 was retired from service sometime in 1924.

E class
Role Training airship
Manufacturer Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation
Introduction 1918
Retired 1924
Primary user US Navy
Number built 1


 United States


General characteristics

  • Crew: Three
  • Length: 162 ft 0 in (49.39 m)
  • Diameter: 33 ft 0 in (10.06 m)
  • Height: 49 ft 6 in (15.09 m)
  • Volume: 95,000 ft3 (2,690 m3)
  • Useful lift: 2,050 lb (930 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Thomas-Morse, 145 hp (108 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 56 mph (90 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 35 mph (56 km/h)
  • Range: 695 miles (1,115 km)
  • Endurance: 19 hours  12 min
  • Service ceiling: 8,000 ft (2,440 m)

See also

Related lists


  1. Shock, James R. (2001), U.S. Navy Airships 1915-1962, Edgewater Florida: Atlantis Productions, p. 33, ISBN 0-9639743-8-6
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