Monday, July 27, 2015

Who are You Calling a Blimp?

USA DE-1998935 received 03-11-2013

Sent by: Buddylino
From: Tettnang, Germany
ID number: DE-1998935
Notes: This is LZ 127 (LZ = Luftschiff Zeppelin) Graf Zeppelin, a rigid hydrogen-filled airship that operated commercially between 1928 and 1937.  Its first intercontinental flight was from Friedrichshafen, Germany to Lakehurst, New Jersey in October of 1928.  In 1929, William Randolph Hurst commissioned the Graf Zeppelin to make a round-the-world flight.  This photo of the airship flying over San Francisco may have been taken on that flight, as it passed over San Francisco on its way from Tokyo to Los Angeles.  In 1931, the Graf Zeppelin was part of a groundbreaking research flight to the Arctic, and it 1933, it made a stop at the Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago.   It was decommissioned after the disaster involving its sister ship LZ 129 Hindenburg in May of 1937, and in 1940 it was scrapped so that its parts could be reused to build airplanes for use in World War II. 

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