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Mar 16

Warwick County Historical Society Kicks Off 2018 Speaker Series

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 8:28 AM by Communications Department

Roma 2The Warwick County Historical Society Speaker Series kicks off its 2018 season on Wednesday, March 21 at the 1884 Warwick Courthouse, located at 14421 Old Courthouse Way.  The program will be The Airship Roma Disaster in Hampton Roads.

Author Nancy E. Sheppard will relate the tragedy of this dirigible, which was stationed at Hampton’s Langley Field.  Built in Italy in 1919, its speed, payload and range had drawn attention throughout Europe before its 1921 purchase by the U.S. Army.  Despite being heralded as the future of military innovation, it never lived up to expectations.  Fifteen years before the well-known crash of the lighter-than-air airship Hindenburg, the Roma dove to the ground on February 21, 1922 in Norfolk.  Its hydrogen tanks erupted in a ball of fire, claiming the lives of 34 of the brave men aboard.  

Lunch is served at 11:30 with the presentation at noon. The event is free and open to the public but lunch is $10 and provided by Jason's. To order lunch contact (757) 525-7372 by 5 p.m.,  Monday, March 19.  Guests are welcome to bring their own meal. Books are available for sale and autograph.

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