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The two Hindenburg-class airships were hydrogen-filled, passenger-carrying rigid airships built in Germany in the 1930s and named in honor of Paul von Hindenburg….Hindenburg-class airship.
|First flight||March 4, 1936 (LZ 129) September 14, 1938 (LZ 130)|
The Hitler regime had heavily subsidized the $3 million construction cost of Hindenburg, its value to the Nazis immeasurable as a propaganda tool.
The time that it took from the first signs of disaster to the bow crashing to the ground is often reported as 32, 34 or 37 seconds.
List of Hindenburg Survivors. As of August, 2009, the only survivors of the Hindenburg disaster who are still alive are passenger Werner Doehner (age 8 at the time of the crash) and cabin boy Werner Franz (age 14).
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A broken wire or sticking gas valve leaked hydrogen into the ventilation shafts, and when ground crew members ran to take the landing ropes they effectively “earthed” the airship. The fire appeared on the tail of the airship, igniting the leaking hydrogen.
U.S. law prevented the Hindenburg from using helium instead of hydrogen, which is flammable. After the crash of the hydrogen-filled R101, in which most of the crew died in the subsequent fire rather than the impact itself, Hindenburg designer Hugo Eckener sought to use helium, a non-flammable lifting gas.
Nazi Germany was prohibited from acquiring helium because of world fears that they would use it for weaponry and other military purposes. Being a relatively new commodity and one of limited supply, helium was 6-10 times more expensive than hydrogen in 1937.
Use of hydrogen instead of helium Helium was initially selected for the lifting gas because it was the safest to use in airships, as it is not flammable. Flammable hydrogen was the only alternative lighter-than-air gas that could provide sufficient lift.
No, airships are too slow and too vulnerable to strong winds to compete against aircraft. If Hindenburg had not crashed, the airship era would have lasted until WW2. From then on did the aircraft have the edge.
an officer holding the highest rank in the army. full general, general. a general officer of the highest rank.
Paul von [pawl von; German poul fuhn], /pɔl vɒn; German paʊl fən/, Paul von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg, 1847–1934, German field marshal; 2nd president of Germany 1925–34. German name of Zabrze.
Phonetic spelling of Hindenburg