Macon was commissioned a month and a half after the USS Akron crash. The airship was commanded by one of the only USS Akron survivors, Lt. Cmdr. Herbert Wiley, and was based in California.
One of the remaining 2 survivors of the USS Akron, Wiley, went on to be the CO of the battleship West Virginia, which was sunk in Pearl Harbor on Dec 7th
The second-in-class dirigible had a slightly longer service life. The airship stayed mission-ready and participated in many fleet exercises in its two years.
Macon demonstrated its concept of operations, launching and recovering as many as five single-seat Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk biplanes via a “trapeze” that the crew used to recover the planes. The planes sometimes had their landing gear removed while operating from the airship, leaving little room for error for the pilots. https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-77000/NH-77434.html shows a Sparrowhawk without the landing gear
View of the airship's lower starboard side, amidships between frames 125 and 147.5, taken during her commissioning ceremonies at Lakehurst, New Jersey, 27 October 1931. This section was left uncovered until after the ceremonies so the Public could see into Akron's interior. Important design features are labeled.
Start at the 1:15 moment, for the opening of the big doors to the hanger of the carrier