Category: Airships

Zeppelin Mania: In Those Days, Giants

The Graf Zeppelin Over Rio On the Graf Zeppelin  Hugo Eckener (translated from the German by Douglas Robinson) I have always felt that such effects as were produced by the Zeppelin airship were traceable to a large degree to aesthetic

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Zeppelin Mania: My Library

The LZ-114 completed after WW I, turned over to the French, and renamed Dixmude. Many of you are aware of my love affair with the airship and the rigid airship in particular. Some of you have made comments on the

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Zeppelin Mania: Day 5-R 34 Arrives Home

The R 34 over the Royal Naval Air Service station at Pulham, Norfolk in 1919. Throughout the morning of July 13, messages of congratulations poured into the airship’s wireless room. King George, the chief of the Air Service, the Board

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Zeppelin Mania: R34’s Flight Home Day 4

The Route Map of the R-34’s Historic Double Trans-Atlantic Crossing in 1919. The Orange Line is the Crossing from Scotland to New York and the Blue Line is the crossing from New York to Pulham. Saturday, July 12, 1919 began

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Zeppelin Mania: R34’s Flight Home Day 3

Control Car Flight-Sergt. Watson steering. Flight-Sergt. Mayers at the elevator wheel. Altimeter (large dial) needle shows the ship is at about 1,200 feet above the sea. Friday, July 11, 1919 started out with clear weather and a moderate sea. A

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Zeppelin Mania: R34’s Flight Home Day 2

Cloud Shadows Thrown Upon the Atlantic. Photo by Major Pritchard taken from the R 34. The R34 is up and away, having taken off a little before midnight on the 9th of July. Promising the people of New York City

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Zeppelin Mania: R34’s Flight Home Day 1

R 34 Flying Just Above Dense Clouds On The Outskirts of a Depression. This illustration shows a typical cloud horizon. (From General Maitland’s published logbook.) All good things must come to an end, so it is said. For 3 days

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Zeppelin Mania: R-34’s Crew Feted in America

New York wined and dined the crew of the R-34. Stowaway William Ballantyne was treated as a celebrity and followed by news-hungry journalists trying to milk his story to the full. Major Scott, the airship’s captain, was mobbed and pieces

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Zeppelin Mania: R-34 Day 5

The Landing of the R-34 in America   Before dawn on Sunday, with the fuel situation desperate, Major Scott, the R-34’s captain, radioed the US Navy: “Will land Montauk.” Shortly after 4 AM, the crew of the airship spotted the

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Zeppelin Mania: R-34 Day 4

All day the giant airship butted strong headwinds. Major Scott, the ship’s captain, ran only three engines in order to economize on fuel and to avoid the worst of the winds, flew at 800 feet. With great reluctance, Scott radioed

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