Outside the hangar half a dozen dogs sat waiting

August 9, 2008

From John Toland, The Great Dirigibles: Their Triumphs and Disasters (Dover, 1973), pp. 274-275.

By the end of the day few believed anyone else had survived the deadliest crash in the history of aviation. But at Lakehurst the women still kept vigil. They scanned the dark skies as if expecting the big ship to return at any moment. Although all the workmen had left Hangar Number 1 long before, half a dozen automobiles still stood inside the vast, tomblike building. They belonged to members of the Akron‘s crew. Outside the hangar half a dozen dogs sat waiting.