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Museums

Canada

Canada Aviation & Space Museum
Rockcliffe Airport
Rockcliffe and Aviation Parkways
P.O. Box 9724, Station T
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 5A3

Their R100 webpages are gone. Use their search engine to find the pdf file and other LTA items. Use their digital archives to find the separate images.

ph: 613 993-2010
ph: 1-800-463-2038
tty: 613 990-7530

"I was between flights yesterday at the airport in Ottawa (Canada's capital) and I visited the various shops in my relentless pursuit for LTA related material with the usual disappointing results. As I headed toward my gate I chanced to walk by a display case that contained a model of the airship R100! Unfortunately it wasn't for sale as it was there courtesy of Canada's Air Museum as part of a display commemorating R100's one and only visit to Canada during the depression. The model is about seven feet long and has a cut-away portion showing the interior girders and gasbags. It is shown attached to the 200 foot high mast that was built especially for its visit. There are also some very good pictures with accompanying text." -- 8 Feb 1996 -- Gord Cameron


Denmark

Zeppelin Museum Tønder
Gasværksvej 1
DK-6270 Tønder

ph: (0045) 74 72 26 57
mobile: (0045) 40 59 62 41


France

Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace
Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget
Boite Postale 173
93352 Le Bourget Cedex

ph: (33) 01 49 92 70 62
fx: (33) 01 49 92 70 95

e-mail: musee.air@wanadoo.fr

alternate website


Germany

Aeronauticum Nordholz
Peter-Strasser-Platz 3
27637 Nordholz

Postfach 68
27633 Nordholz 

Excellent website covering historical Zeppelins.

ph: 011 49 4741 941074
fx: 011 49 4741 941090

e-mail: aeronauticum@t-online.de

Albert Sammt Zeppelin Museum
97996 Niederstetten
Im KULT, Hauptstraße 52

ph: 07932/9102-38 od. 8411
fx: 07932/9102-39

Deutsches Museum
Museuminsel 1
D-80306 Munchen 22

Tel: (+49) 89 2179 1
Fax: (+49) 89 2179 324
(within Germany replace the +49 by 0)

Use their search engine to find Zeppelin-related items.

Weilburg Museum
Schlossplatz 1
D-6290 Weilburg
Hessen

North of Frankfurt-A-M. LZ5 (Z11) had crashed there in 1910. The majority of the museum is concerned with the local mining industry and the airship exhibit was confined to onewall of one room. There are six structural parts on show covering about 4' x 3' of wall. At the top an approx 4' long bit of a triangular longeron then an obviously heavily stressed longeron piece where a tubular section joined it then three nondescript structural pieces and a control-cable pulley. There were 15 large photos of the wreck, a number of which I had seen in various Zeppelin histories. There were a number of good large photos taken after the crash and during the dismantling of the ship (with axes!). There were also some pieces of the structure on show but I couldn't identify their position in the airship -- Peter White

Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen Technik and Kunst
Hafenbahnhof
Seestrasse 22
D-88045 Friedrichshafen

ph (info): (49) 0 75 41/38 01-33
ph: 0 75 41/38 01-0
fx: 0 75 41/38 01-80

Contact: W. Meighorner, Director

The museum was inagurated at its new premises on 2 July 96. Display space 4000 square meters. The main attraction is a 40 meter long partial reconstruction of LZ 129 Hindenburg (to scale) on the basis of the original construction plans. According to note in file, plans for LZ 129 are available.

On 22 April 2007, Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen was awarded the rare title FAI-Recommended-Museum by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI). Worldwide, only 24 museums have been honored this way. The title is indicative of outstanding collections in aviation and especially valuable exhibitions that further educate the public, but especially the young people in the area of air and space travel. Over the years the Zeppelin Museum has drawn attention to itself through a series of exhibitions on the history of aviation. FAI, founded 1905 in Paris is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization that worldwide organizes and coordinates activities in the areas of air and space travel in some 100 member countries. 

Zeppelin Museum Meeresburg
Heinz-Urban
Schlossplatz 8
D-88709 Meersburg

Tel: +49 7532 - 7909
Email: info@zeppelin-museum.com

The museum is located near Lake Constance.

Zeppelin Museum Neu-Isenburg / Zeppelinheim
Kapitän-Lehmann-Straße 2
D-63263 Neu Isenburg/Zeppelinheim

Tel: xx49 (0)69 / 69 43 90 (AB)
Fax: xx49 (0)69 / 69 20 16
Email: Margot.Chelius@zeppelin-museum-zeppelinheim.de


Italy

Aeronautica Militare Museo
Aeroporto Vigna di Valle
00062 - Bracciano
Roma

ph: 06.998871
fax. 06.9987445

e-mail: musam@aeronautica.difesa.it

Nobile


Netherlands

Airship Plaza
8221 RB Lelystad

ph: 0320-247750
fx: 0320-247814

e-mail: info@airship-plaza.com


Switzerland

Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Luzern

The collection includes models of Zeppelin rigid airships and early balloons. There is also material about the Swiss blimps used during World War II.


UK

 

Airship Heritage Trust
50 Brands Hill Avenue
High Wycombe, Bucks
HP13 5PH England

e-mail: aht@ndirect.co.uk

Airship Heritage Trust prints the quarterly "Dirigible" which is an excellent source of historical information, photos, and people's historical airship experiences. It is edited by Nick Walmsley.

To subscribe send 20 quid (thats L20.00 sterling - UK currency only) to the address at left.

Balloon Preservation Group
44 Shadwells Road
Lancing, West Sussex
BN15 9EW England

ph: +44 (0) 1903 763598

e-mail: bpg@mistral.co.uk

Cardington Laboratory

Former home of the R100, now a major multi-disciplinary international research centre

Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road 
London SE1 6HZ

ph: +44 020 7416 5320
fx: 020 7416 5374
recorded information: 0900 1600 140

e-mail: mail@iwm.org.uk

They have a German cloud car! I forget the entire story, but it was evidently cut loose during a raid. I don't know if the narrative really explained if the car was occupied at the time or not. I suppose it's possible that no one may ever know.

The Imperial War Museum really doesn't focus on LTA, but does have a few interesting military displays of zeppelins, mostly WWI raids and their effect on London

RAF Museum RC
RAF Cardington
Bedford MK42 OTH
England.

[2000] The museum collection is currently stored at a temporary facility at RAE Cardington near Bedford. As it is a military installation prior permission and an escort must be arranged for the visit. The AHT office can be reached at:

AHT Office
RAF Museum RC
RAF Cardington
Bedford MK42 OTH
England

If anyone is in London, it is about a 30 minute train ride north to Bedford and well worth the journey, even if only seeing the impressive hangars which remain the largest buildings anywhere in the British Commonwealth (only the Akron Airdock is larger, and the VAB at Kennedy Space Centre has a larger volume, but the two hangars at Cardington are of course far longer than the VAB and almost as long as the Airdock).

Science Museum
Exhibition Road
South Kensington
SW7 2DD

ph: +44 (0) 870 870 4771
fx: +44 (0)20 7942 4302

I last visited this museum in 1990. At that time it had one showcase dedicated to early French non-rigid airships, one with models of British rigid airships and a model of a Thunder & Colt hot air airship and a last showcase with several models of the Airship Industries (now Airship Technologies Inc.) Skyships.


USA Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey
400 Fred Wehran Drive
Teterboro Airport, Teterboro, NJ 07608

Has some LTA materials, including Hindenburg memorabilia.

(ph) 201-288-6344
(fx) 201-288-5666

email: njahof@verizon.net

 

Cradle of Aviation
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard
Garden City, NY 11530

The late George Dade, pioneer Long island aviator, was building an exact 10' (?) display model of the R-34, complete with working controls that changed its attitude, when he died in 1998. The model may be in storage.

ph: 516-572-4111
fx: 516-572-4065

 

Frontiers of Flight Museum
Main Terminal
Dallas Love Field, TX

email: Gerald Knox Bishop, Curator
ph: 241-350-3600

Has many original Zeppelin items including the china service from the Hindenburg, the Radio Operator's chair from the Hindenburg, Admiral Charlie Rosendahl's diary of his trip around the world aboard the Graf Zeppelin, the props off of LosAngeles & Shennandoah, the radio from Los Angeles, a section of life raft from Macon signed by 40 survivors, etc.

Marine Corps Air Station
Tustin, CA

Closing during the summer of 1999. Two wooden blimp hangars that are on the Register of Historic Places.

email: matthewsje@pendleton.usmc.mil if you have any information about this facility.

Moffett Federal Airfield
Sunnyvale, CA

NAS Richmond
Richmond, Florida

Friends of the South Florida Military Museum and Memorial

NAS Santa Ana

NAS Stations

NAS Sunnyvale: Moffet

Lighter-than-air exhibits inlude the hangar itself. Air & Space Smithsonian highlights the field on the last page of the August 1996(?) issue.

 

NAS Tillamook Museum
6030 Hangar Road
Tillamook, Oregon 97141

ph: 503-842-1130

10-5 daily

Several airships, including "Cyclo-Crane" prototype. P-51, ME109,Spitfire MKVIII, FM2 Wildcat, F4U, PBY Catalina, B-25 , AD4 Skyraider, TMB Avenger, J2F Duck, several T-28's, assorted civilian planes and helicopters.

Located in a WWII blimp hangar described as "the largest free-span wood structure in the world." Relatively new museum.

NAS Weeksville
Weeksville, NC

contact:
Stephen D. Chalker (Historian)
813 W. Main Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

ph: 252-335-1030

National Air & Space Museum (Smithsonian)
-- CollectionsIndependence Ave at 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20560

ph: 202-633-2214

Multilayered, fascinating, and informative. Use their search engine to research airship and LTA information.

  National Aviation Hall of Fame
1100 Spaatz Street
Dayton, Ohio 45433

ph: 1-888-383-1903
nahf@nationalaviation.org

Use Google to search this site:
"[search term] site:http://nationalaviation.org".

National Museum of Naval Aviation (NMNA)
1750 Radford Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32508

Preserving the history of Naval Aviation, is the most visited museum in the State of Florida. There is no charge for admission.

Also has "on loan" from the National Air & Space Museum in Washington the original Goodyear commercial blimp, "Pilgrim" car and a reconstructed Curtiss F9C- 2 "Sparrowhawk" hook-on plane of the type used on the USS MACON. -- Eric Brothers

Naval Air Musueum
1750 Radford Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32508

They have a great exhibit on lighter-than-air that includes a restored K-ship Gondola. -- Robert E Lawrence

The airship car hanging from the ceiling of the NMNA in Pensacola is the K-47, a WWII-vintage K-ship car, but in its post-war modified form (ZSG-3 type). There is also the unrestored car of a ZPG-2 airship out back. -- Eric Brothers

  Naval War College Museum
Newport, RI
Excellent LTA Room.

Navy Lakehurst Historical Society
P.O. Box 328
Lakehurst, NJ 08733

If anyone is interested in a tour of Navy Lakehurst they can get in contact us by mail or call:

ph: 908-349-4754 Mr. Kevin Pace
ph: 908-244-6004 Mr. Don Adams

e-mail: CNJF51A@prodigy.com

  We will also answer any and all questions about airships. We have quite a collection of artifacts from the Hindenburg and Amercian airships. We also set up displays in the NJ, PA, and NY area and do talks for any group in NJ that want to know about airships.

New England Air Museum
Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks, Connecticut 06096

ph: 860-623-3305
fx: 860-627-2820

e-mail: staff@neam.org

LTA Summary | Shenandoah

San Diego Aerospace Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

ph: 619-234-8291
fx: 619-233-4526

e-mail: receptionist@sdasm.org

A number of instruments from very early Zepps and a handful of pieces of L-31 are on display in the tiny little aviation museum. Also displayed is a very large and fairly accurate model of L-31. The color is wrong, but it's a beautiful model nonetheless. -- Jumanji

  Udvar-Hazy Center (Smithsonian)
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Phone: 703-572-4118
Use their search engine to research airship and LTA information.

 
This site was created, written and is maintained by John Dziadecki 1995-2014. Images and quotes that are not the author's remain in the copyright of the originator. The information contained in this website is for educational purposes only. Additions and corrections are welcomed! Please send comments, suggestions and possible links to John.Dziadecki@colorado.edu. Last update: 25 Sept 2013