Hindenburg Hydrogen Fire
In 1949, Pan American and Imperial Airlines initiated transatlantic
In 1957, Pan American began non-stop passenger flights between New
York and London.
But in 1929, the LZ127 "Graf Zeppelin" flew around
In the mid-1930s, when airplanes were lucky to fly a few
hundred miles, the Zeppelins flew regularly scheduled transatlantic
passenger service between Friedrichshafen, Germany and Lakehurst,
New Jersey in the US. They also flew 6,852 statute miles, carrying
up to 91 people, on flights between Friedrichshafen, Germany and
Rio de Janero, Brazil!
In 1908, Count Zeppelin established
Zeppelinstitung zur Foerderung der Luftfahrt
(Zeppelin Endowment for the Propogation of Air Navigation)
as the exclusive shareholder of the
Luftschiffbau-Zeppelin, Gmb. H.
(Zeppelin Airship Building Co., Ltd.)
the construction firm which built the airships operated
Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-A.-G. --->
(German Airship Transportation Company)
the airship passenger and mail service. These were giants such
as the world had never seen before ... or since.
LZ 7 Deutschland
19,300 cubic metres
three 120 hp engines
LZ 10 Schwaben
250 flights without a single accident
"Yes, there's no help for it; the ship does do 20 metres per
Herr von Parseval, quoted in Hugo Eckener's "Count
Zeppelin: The Man and His Work", page 269.
LZ 11 Viktoria Luise
LZ 13 Hansa
LZ 17 Sachsen
LZ 120 Bodensee
LZ 121 Nordstern
LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin
1928-1937 (dismantled 1940)
Perhaps the most succesful passenger airship of all
time, logging in over a million miles during its life -- including
the first round-the-world flight in 1929! It inaugurated aerial
transatlantic passenger service.
LZ 129 Hindenburg
Entered the transatlantic service, flying to both Brazil
and the United States. It was designed to fly using helium. When
the Zeppelin Company could not obtain a supply, it flew using
1939-1940 (dismantled 1940)
It's true. The brother of the Hindenburg was nearing
completion when the LZ129 burned at Lakehurst. It was designed
for transatlantic passenger service. Instead, it was used for
passenger flights only over Germany. The Nazi military used
it for electronic reconnaisance flights off the coast of England.
It was the last of its kind.
The new breed of Zeppelin carries 14 passengers on short
excursion flights. Three are now flying in Germany.
flights are available via DZR.
Goodyear is now flying three NTs in the USA.