Happy? Hindenburg Day

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.

One thought on “Happy? Hindenburg Day”

  1. I hate to be a supergeek (oh, who am I fooling?) but while the German-built LZ-129 Hindenburg and the American-built USS Akron shared roughly similar dimensions, they were not sister ships in any sense. The design of the two ships was significantly different with regard to their internal structure, their engines, their technology, and their basic purpose; the Akron was a flying aircraft carrier, with an onboard hangar used to launch and recover scout/fighter planes, while the Hindenburg was a passenger ship built to carry people across the ocean with speed and comfort.

    Just sayin. 🙂

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