USS Macon Mapping and Survey Expedition 2015
Eighty years ago, the U.S. Navy's last great airship crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared. The USS Macon's location was lost until researchers discovered its remains 1,500 feet below the surface of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in 1990. The first archaeological survey of the wreck site took place in 2006, and this year, on August 18, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is working with the U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command and Ocean Exploration Trust in collaboration with OceanGate Foundation to archaeologically survey the wreck site of this "flying aircraft carrier" and its four Curtiss Sparrowhawk biplanes. The survey will be conducted from the E/V Nautilus, and will be livestreamed on the Nautilus Live website.