USS Akron (Hindenburg sister ship) over Manhattan in the 1930s. US Navy Photo
Today in 1937, the Hindenberg caught fire and burnt at Lakehurst Naval Station. Along with it’s 36 passengers and crew died any hopes of a commercial airship industry. As a result today blimps and dirigibles are hard to see. Most famous is probably one of the Goodyear Blimps. Those lucky enough to live in the San Francisco area also get to see Airship Venture’s Eureka, a Zeppelin NT. And if you live in Germany, you can always visit the Zeppelin Museum (Wikipedia article), which has a partial full-scale mockup of the Graf Zeppelin.
Here’s hoping we will see a revival of the airship industry in the near future. Aside from being neat, airships are also fairly environmentally friendly, something that can’t be said for most other forms of aerial transport.
Hat-tip to Making Light for reminding us all of this day.
Proposed East Saanich Rd. bike lane
I will be at the East Saanich Rd. bike lane project Open House tonight. It is being run the Municipality of North Saanich and is being held at the Panorama Rec. Centre and runs from 5pm to 8pm. On hand will be North Saanich engineering staff to discuss the proposed plan.
This project ties into a similar Central Saanich project that was funded by the Federal and Provinicial governments (press release – PDF & LocalMotion projects page). According to this news story, the work on that should start in June and be done by October.
Maddeningly, I couldn’t find any information about Federal gov. money in the North Saanich portion. The above linked LocalMotion page lists $361,284 of Provinical money, which is cost shared 50/50 with the municipality.
Regardless, this is a much needed project. It provides yet another north-south route to complement West Saanich Rd. and the Lochside Trail. Hope to see some familiar faces there!