The US Navy MZ-3A, currently the only US Navy airship flying, received a last minute reprieve from deflation on February 27. The airship had arrived at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and was due to enter Hangar 1 for deflation and storage. News of the deflation came just four months after the airship had received her US Navy ‘colours’.
The reason given for the deflation was, according to Doug Abbotts, a spokesman at the Naval Air Systems Command centre at Patuxent River, Md. “It’s not that we have a lack of funding. We have a lack of mission.”