The USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) was the first of four United States Navy rigid airships. It was built in 1922–1923 at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, and first flew in September 1923. It developed the Navy’s experience with rigid airships, and made the first crossing of North America by airship.
During its 57th flight while passing through an area of thunderstorms and turbulence over Ohio early in the morning of September 3rd, the airship was caught in a violent updraft that carried it beyond the pressure limits of its helium gas bags. It was torn apart in the turbulence and crashed in several pieces near Caldwell, Ohio.