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Sunday, February 18th 2007, 12:58am

United States News Q2-Q4 1933

Somewhat abbreviated...

Navy continues to study new Dive Bomber and Torpedo Bomber designs, and the Army's long range bomber program continues with Boeing looking like the leading candidate. Fighter trials continue after another poor showing in Cordoba. Efforts focus on monoplane designs.
June 6, 1933 - Head of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, Dr. Joseph Ames has left for Germany aboard the Zeppelin Hindenburg to lead a delegation to discuss aviation issues with the head of the RLM, Hermann Goering and his staff as well as representatives from the German aviation industry. Several representatives from American aircraft and engine manufacturers are accompanying Dr. Ames.

14th 1933- The State Department today condemned the barbaric Iberian air attack on the Bolivian city of Cochabamba. The indiscriminate bombing of civilians should not be tolerated by civilized people and we call for a complete investigation into the circumstances of the attack and call on all parties in the Bolivian conflict to respect non-combatants.
Late July Bermuda Conference between US, Canada, Mexico, and Atlantis. (Details to follow later...)
Fleet Problem XIII marred by severe weather, including several tropical storms. Storms ground most aircraft and airships and generally makes a mess of things. No ships lost thanks to timely weather reports, but little is accomplished besides rough weather training. (Historically 1933 was a bad year for hurricanes along the Gulf and East coasts.)

Macon commissions in Akron then flies to Lakehurst for trials. She will winter in Florida with the Akron before heading west to Hoyt Field near San Diego.

Severe Hurricane crosses central Florida, causing some damage to the facilities at NAS Orlando, but the hanger remains intact and Akron is undamaged. The hanger had been reinforced to deal with hurricane force winds. Power, telephone, and telegraph lines in the area are badly damaged and the state's citrus crop suffers losses of at least sixteen percent total.

Navy announces that the airship Los Angeles will be transferred to Goodyear/Pan Am in early 1934 for use in training crews for the Atlantic Clipper and future commercial airships.
Macon finally heads south to Orlando in late November and conducts joint operations with Akron and the fleet over the fall and into the winter of 1933/34. The airship Atlantic Clipper is completed in December and trial flights are conducted with the help of Navy crews while the Pan Am crew trains. Admiral William Moffett officially retires as the head of the Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics and is succeeded by Rear Admiral Zachary Lansdowne. Moffett is immediately hired by Goodyear to head their Goodyear-Zeppelin operations.


Sunday, February 18th 2007, 10:45am

The government of Atlantis will wait untill all details reguarding the Cochabamba incident are made public before commenting on this seemingly barbaric action.

We do however wonder why Iberia is actively supporting a war to subvert the Bolivians, given the fact that along with the Peruvians their involvement is purely voluntary. Bolivia did not attack Peru or Iberia.