Macon is a city located in central Georgia, United States. Founded at the fall line of the Ocmulgee River, it is part of the Macon metropolitan area, and is the county seat of Bibb County. Macon is also the largest city in the Macon-Warner Robins CSA. It lies near the geographic center of... MORE
Macon is a city located in central Georgia, United States. Founded at the fall line of the Ocmulgee River, it is part of the Macon metropolitan area, and is the county seat of Bibb County. Macon is also the largest city in the Macon-Warner Robins CSA. It lies near the geographic center of Georgia, approximately 85 miles south of Atlanta, hence the city's nickname as the Heart of Georgia. After voters approved the consolidation of Macon and Bibb County in 2012, Macon became Georgia's fourth-largest city, with a population of 155,369 based on 2010 Census figures for Bibb County. The city has several institutions of higher education, as well as numerous museums and tourism sites. The area is served by the Middle Georgia Regional Airport and the Herbert Smart Downtown Airport. The mayor of Macon is Robert Reichert, a former Democratic member of the Georgia House of Representatives. Reichert was elected mayor of the newly consolidated city of Macon-Bibb and took office on January 1st, 2014. LESS
When the USS Macon was christened on March 11, 1933, it was the most sophisticated of the Navy's lighter-than-air (LTA) fleet. Although the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg was longer, the two sisters still hold the world record for helium-filled airships. The Macon exhibited the highest expression of naval LTA technology during its short career. At 785 feet in length, the airship's size captured American fascination during flyovers of US communities as chronicled in numerous advertisements, articles, and newsreels. The dramatic loss of the Macon and its sister ship, the Akron, within two years of each other contributed to the cancellation of the US Navy's rigid airship program. The archeological remains of the USS Macon lie off California's Big Sur coast. The site also contains the remains of four of the airship's squadron of Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk scout aircraft which the Macon carried in an internal hangar bay.