In 1929, Lt. Gen William E. Kepner was commissioned as test pilot of the experimental Navy metal-clad airship, ZMC-2, the only successfully operated metal-skinned airship ever built. After a successful series of evaluation flights, in September he flew ZMC-2 flawlessly from the factory at Naval Air Station-Grosse Ile, Michigan, to its base at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey.
In 1929, Lt. Gen William E. Kepner was commissioned as test pilot of the experimental Navy metal-clad airship, ZMC-2, the only successfully operated metal-skinned airship ever built. After a successful series of evaluation flights, in September he flew ZMC-2 flawlessly from the factory at Naval Air Station-Grosse Ile, Michigan, to its base at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey. File photo courtesy of the 375th Air Mobility Wing History Office
In 1929, Lt. Gen William E. Kepner was commissioned as test pilot of the experimental Navy metal-clad airship, ZMC-2, the only successfully operated metal-skinned airship ever built. After a successful series of evaluation flights, in September he flew ZMC-2 flawlessly from the factory at Naval Air Station-Grosse Ile, Michigan, to its base at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey. File photo courtesy of the 375th Air Mobility Wing History Office

Meet an extraordinary Scott Airman from the Lighter-than-Air Era: Lt. Gen. William E. Kepner

February 15, 2018 12:53 PM