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Flight to America Of The Graf Zeppelin


This book is about Dr. Hugo Eckener's flight of the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin

In October 1928 the first long-range voyage led the craft to Lakehurst, New Jersey, and the crew was
welcomed enthusiastically with confetti parades in New York and invitations to the White House.

Softcover

  • 115 pages
  • 42 b&w photos
  • 1 map of the route of the journey

In good exterior and very good interior condition.
Extremities lightly rubbed, faint foxing to endpapers and fore edge, otherwise ok.

All pages are complete and tight in the binding.

Approx/Measurements: 7-1/2" x 5-1/2 ~ 0.7 lbs.

Published by House Schinking in 1928

Table of contents:

1. The drama
2. The problem
3. The airship
4. The flight report; the outward and return journey

5. Diary of a passanger
6. Welcoming in America and return flight
7. Retrospect and prospect




Background info:

Dr. Hugo Eckener was the old man of the Zeppelin Airship Company. Eckener was responsible for training most of Germany's airship pilots both during and after World War I.

Eckener then set about raising funds for and supervising construction of Graf Zeppelin, the most successful rigid airship ever built. Eckener captained Graf Zeppelin on most of its record setting flights including the first flight around the world by an airship. Many of the records set by Eckener with Graf Zeppelin stand to the present day.

A master of publicity as well as a master airship captain, Eckener used the Graf Zeppelin to establish the Zeppelin as a symbol of German pride and engineering.

The LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin was the sister of the LZ 126 later recristened the USS Los Angeles (ZR-3),was a large rigid airship (or dirigible) in the early 20th Century . It was named after the German pioneer of airships, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who held the rank of Graf or Count in the German nobility (in German usage the "von" in a name is omitted when a title such as "Graf" is employed). It flew for the first time on September 18, 1928 and, with a total length of 236.6 m (776 ft) and volume of 105,000 m³ (3,708,040 ft³), was the largest airship up to that time. It was powered by 5 Maybach 550 HP engines that ran off of Blau gas and could carry a payload of 60 metric tonnes.

Initially it was to be used for experimental and demonstration purposes to prepare the way for regular airship traveling, but also carried passengers and mail to cover the costs.


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