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Fri May 3, 2013, 01:49 AM

Remarkable images of the Hindenburg

Upcoming 76 years since the disaster, May 6, 1937.


http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/05/75-years-since-the-hindenburg-disaster/100292/

"Last Sunday, May 6, marked the 75th anniversary of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster. The massive German airship caught fire while attempting to land near Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 people aboard, plus one ground crew member. Of the 97 passengers and crew members on board, 62 managed to survive. The horrifying incident was captured by reporters and photographers and replayed on radio broadcasts, in newsprint, and on newsreels. News of the disaster led to a public loss of confidence in airship travel, ending an era. The 245 m (803 f) Hindenburg used flammable hydrogen for lift, which incinerated the airship in a massive fireball, but the actual cause of the initial fire remains unknown. Gathered here are images of the Hindenburg's first successful year of transatlantic travel, and of its tragic ending 75 years ago."

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2013, 02:16 AM

1. The disaster recalled musically by Patricia Harden and Tom Russell ...

...from their second LP album. I saw live performances of this at the Coffee House in the Student Union at Stanford back in .... oh, 1975 or '76.



We're sorry Mr. Hitler, but the helium was ours,
Though it didn't save the Akron, or the Daughter of the Stars
Now the airplane rules the skyway in the grey polluted wind
There are those who say the day will come when the zeppelin flies again.


And, of course, there's the great Doonesbury Hindenburg/Limbaugh question.

The photos from the Atlantic were incredible.

Thanks for the post, Iwngu.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #1)

Fri May 3, 2013, 08:54 AM

2. You are welcome

And thanks for the added info. Nice screen name, too.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 02:06 AM

3. Rarely seen footage of the Hindenburg airship's tragic end, posted by the Public Domain Review

Rarely seen footage of the Hindenburg airship's tragic end, posted by the Public Domain Review, is an amazingly intimate look at a 76-year-old disaster. While the exact cause of the airship’s fiery demise is still debated, the video—which also includes historical newsreel coverage of the Hindenburg on safely executed flights—is a moving look at the moments leading up to the explosion, and a frightening birds-eye view of the explosion itself.
As Slate notes, the Hindenburg actually completed more than 30 successful transatlantic trips before the disaster in New Jersey on May 6, 1937.
The newsreel footage includes clips of the Hindenburg floating over Manhattan with a swastika on its tail.

More: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/footage-shows-hindenburg-disaster-stunning-detail-185542411.html

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 03:21 PM

4. About that "public loss of confidence in airship travel:"

Even during the heyday of airship travel: the 1930s, only a small fraction of the public could afford to travel on airships. Rigid airships, dirigibles or zeppelins, were very capital and labor intensive, both in construction and operation, much more so than airplanes. The only 'commercial,' passenger-carrying dirigibles were operated by countries, like Germany and (briefly) Great Britain who subsidized their construction and operation. They were much like the later Concorde, which was a prime money-loser during its entire operating career; the Concorde was only operated by airlines like British Air, that received a subsidy from their governments.

Yeah, I know: 'Popsci' futurists have been predicting the return of the dirigible, as energy costs have risen, for decades. But, for reasons listed above, that just isn't likely. I would also point out that helium is not a renewable resource; it's derived from natural gas wells in the United States.

Read the Atlantic article: The Dead Dream of the Dirigible.

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