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At air patrol and trip around the world

sub titled: Experiences from an airship captain in war and peace

The book is an overview of the history of blimps from about 1895 to present.

It's full of detail with very nice photos and well written.
The end of the book is the beginning of the LZ129 Hindenburg airship.

Hardcover, Half Leather

  • 332 pages
  • 39 b&w photos

In good exterior and good interior condition.
Extremities rubbed and lightly soiled, name on front pastedown and free front endpaper. Rear hinge reinforced, otherwise ok.

All pages are complete and tight in the binding.

Approx/Measurements: 8" x 6"  ~1.3 lbs.

by Ernst A. Lehmann
Published by House Pathfinder

Table of contents; [36 chapters]:

1. it was a Sunday bright and clear
2. onlookers of the revolution
3. we jubilate - but where and how!
4. a man jumps from the airship
5. We make the bombs ourselves.
6. in a butter barrel between heaven and earth
7. a cosmopolitan city is sought
8. Marine Lieutenant Lehmann reports to Hindenburg
9. a big duck on a small pond
10. North Sea Patrol
11. The shooter who aims at England
12. Bombs on London
13. Skagerrak
14. From the old count and his workers
15. "Let me hang my laundry."
16. There are still miracles in the world
17. the post with the halo
18. hornet swarms against us

19. The English capture a zeppelin
20. In the Himalayas
21. 100 hours in the air
22. friend and foe in the Balkans
23. help for Lettow-Vorbeck
24. It's ending.
25. We want to go to America.
26 Germany, Germany over all
27. Nothing is harder to endure
28. that is technically due to the inclined reader
29. Eckener leads "Graf Zeppelin" to victory
30. reunion with New York
31. The mystery of Toulon
32. trip around the world
33. the first transatlantic airship line is on the way
34. "Count Zeppelin" discovers unknown country
35. old gods, new guests
36. A beginning and no end

Background info about the author:

Ernst Lehmann was born in 1886 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein. At the age of 14, he decided that he wanted to build ships. He studied engineering at Berlin-Charlottenburg College and received his degree in 1912. By this time, he had already joined the navy and had attained the rank of naval reserve lieutenant.

Upon graduation, he began work at the Imperial Dockyards in Kiel. He did not find this work satisfying so, encouraged by Dr. Hugo Eckener, he joined the DELAG to serve as pilot of the passenger airship LZ 17 Sachsen. He commanded a total of 550 flights of this ship.

During the First World War, Captain Lehmann commanded army airships, beginning with the Sachsen and followed by the LZ XII, LZ 90, LZ 98, and LZ 120.

After the war, Captain Lehmann continued his involvement with the airships, now used for civilian purposes. He made preparations to fly the naval airship L 72 on the first transatlantic crossing of an airship in 1919. Permission was denied by the German government. In 1920, he spent six months in Sweden studying the economics of an airship line between Stockholm and the Mediterranean, with a stopover in Friedrichshafen. These plans were never realized.

With the founding of the Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation in 1923, Captain Lehmann served as Vice President in charge of engineering.

In 1924, Captain Lehmann was second-in-command of LZ 126 on the first nonstop transatlantic flight between the European and American mainlands. The purpose of the flight was to deliver the Zeppelin to its new owners, the United States Navy, who rechristened the ship USS Los Angeles.

Captain Lehmann served as commanding officer on more than 100 of the flights of the Graf Zeppelin between 1928 and 1936. In 1936, he commanded 10 round-trip flights to Lakehurst on the new Hindenburg.

Although Max Pruss was the commanding officer of the last flight of the Hindenburg, Captain Lehmann was the most senior officer on board. He was fatally burned when the ship caught fire at Lakehurst on May 6, 1937; he died the following day.

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