Hindenburg an Illustrated History: Reliving the Era of the Great Airships

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Hindenburg: An Illustrated History chronicles the complete story of the great dirigibles - from the pioneering efforts of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin to the brief career of the Hindenburg's little-known sister ship, the Graf Zeppelin II. At the turn of the century zeppelins established the world's first passenger-carrying airline. But World War I bombing raids over London earned them the label "baby-killers." In the postwar years Great Britain and the United States competed with Germany for the prestige of ...
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Hindenburg: An Illustrated History chronicles the complete story of the great dirigibles - from the pioneering efforts of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin to the brief career of the Hindenburg's little-known sister ship, the Graf Zeppelin II. At the turn of the century zeppelins established the world's first passenger-carrying airline. But World War I bombing raids over London earned them the label "baby-killers." In the postwar years Great Britain and the United States competed with Germany for the prestige of building the world's most advanced airship. The British envisioned an empire linked by a fleet of silver giants. For the United States Navy, the zeppelin would be a flying aircraft carrier, transporting fighter planes in its belly. By the late 1920s it seemed that the airship was poised to conquer the skies. In 1926 explorer Roald Amundsen flew across the Arctic Ocean in the dirigible Norge. An ecstatic New York ticker-tape parade greeted the Graf Zeppelin at the end of her pioneering 1929 round-the-world flight. The Graf soon went on to establish the first ever non-stop transatlantic air service. But not all airship enterprises ended in triumph. Two years after the Norge's Arctic exploit, the Italia crashed on a polar ice floe, stranding her surviving crew for forty-nine days. And the first intercontinental flight of the British airship R 101 ended in flames in a French field. The U.S. Navy airships Akron and Macon were wrecked by storms at sea within two years of each other. A haunting photo mosaic shows the site where underwater cameras recently located the skeleton of the huge dirigible Macon on the ocean floor, lying with the Sparrowhawk fighters that were once housed in her internal hangar. Hindenburg: An Illustrated History vividly re-creates a time when many believed that lighter-than-air craft held the promise of the future. Highlighted by a highly readable, informative text and illustrated with hundreds of breathtaking images, this magnificent book
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This lavish volume on dirigibles will receive a 75,000-copy first printing.
Booknews
Sumptuous, big (12x11"), nostalgic, heavily-illustrated (including original paintings--and a couple of lush color computer graphic creations). A preeminent coffee-table book. The abundant text covers the history of steerable balloon development, WWI, the great inter-war accomplishments--especially von Zeppelin's work. A smallish part of the book covers its namesake. Worth the $30 price we expect to find on the remainder tables in a year or two. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Gilbert Taylor
The brainchild of Graf von Zeppelin, dirigibles, for all their elegant majesty, were in constant search of a mission. They were used for sightseeing excursions, bombing London in World War I, exploring the Arctic, carrying airplanes, and then carrying passengers in luxurious comfort on transoceanic routes. Though each of these roles ended in a deadly catastrophe, a famously flaming one for the "Hindenburg", the image of these stately behemoths persists in the imagination. Yesteryear soars spectacularly with this glossy album. Hundreds of photos restore the wonderment the zeppelins induced wherever they flew, as many frames include the gawking crowds they attracted. The text artfully supports the illustrations (and original paintings by Marschall) with details on the birth of rigid-frame designs, the delicacy of flying them, their promotion in the 1920s as superior to airplanes, and the peak of their development with the LZ 129, as the "Hindenburg" was designated before the Nazis pasted their flag and the wooden titan's name on it. A fine publishing concept gracefully executed, this work is prime public library material.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446517843
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 11.39 (w) x 12.23 (h) x 1.38 (d)

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