Lieutenant Commander Zachary Lansdowne, USN was a United States Navy officer and early Naval aviator who contributed to the development of the Navy's first lighter-than-air craft. He earned the Navy Cross for his participation in the first transoceanic airship flight while assigned to the British R34 in 1919, he commanded the USS Shenandoah, the first rigid airship to complete a flight across North America. He was killed in the crash of the Shenandoah. Born in Greenville, Lansdowne was appointed to the United States Naval Academy September 2, 1905 and commissioned Ensign June 5, 1911, he subsequently served on the destroyer USS McCall, in the Ohio Naval Militia. After completing his aviation training, he became Naval Aviator 105. Lansdowne was assigned to duty with the Royal Naval Air Service during and after World War I, to study dirigibles, he was awarded the Navy Cross "for distinguished service...as one of the crew of the British airship R-34, which in July 1919, made the first successful nonstop passage from England to the United States."
He married Margaret Kennedy Ross on December 7, 1921 in Washington D. C, they had two children. She remarried after Lansdowne's death. On February 11, 1924 Lansdowne took command of the rigid lighter-than-air ship, USS Shenandoah, was killed when she crashed at Ava, September 3, 1925, he was buried that month in section four at Arlington National Cemetery. The crash of the Shenandoah was the trigger for United States Army Colonel Billy Mitchell to criticize the leadership of both the Army and the Navy, leading directly to his court-martial for insubordination and the end of his military career. Lansdowne was played by Jack Lord in the 1955 film The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell. Lansdowne's house in Greenville still stands; the USS Lansdowne, a Gleaves-class destroyer, Lansdowne Airport in Youngstown, Ohio were named in Lansdowne's honor. A street in Carle Place, New York was named in his honor. List of people on the cover of Time Magazine: 1920s This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
Keirns, Aaron J. and Aaron J. Keirns. Airship Disaster: The Crash of the USS Shenandoah. Howard, Ohio: Little River Pub, 2000. ISBN 9780964780057 history.navy.mil: USS Lansdowne Appendix I. "The History of Naval Aviator and Naval Aviation Pilot Designations and Numbers, The Training of Naval Aviators and the Number Trained." Grossnick, Roy et al. History of United States Naval Aviation 1910-1995. Washington, D. C.: Naval Historical Center, 1997, p. 404
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