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LZ-129 Hindenburg was 803.8 feet long, with a diameter of 135.1 feet, and a total gas capacity of 7,062,000 cubic feet of hydrogen.

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LZ-129 and its sister ship, LZ-130, are still the largest objects ever to fly.
Hindenburg was completed with the financial support of the Nazi government, and the ship’s first flight took place on March 4, 1936, lasting 3 hours and 6 minutes.
Over the next two weeks the ship made several additional test flights, performing well in all ways, and on March 23, 1936 Hindenburg carried passengers for the first time when she took approximately 80 reporters on the short flight from Friedrichshafen to Lowenthal.

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Comment by Sgt Monster on March 4, 2010 at 2:40pm
You are correct of course, it was not a isolated event(the hat passing).
Several folks immediately purchased tickets for the next Zeppelin to be built following the Hindenburg...sadly People are panicky animals as a whole.
Comment by lord_k on March 4, 2010 at 2:33pm
Well, the hat was only a beginning. The collection of donations lasted much more than one day, there were special Zeppelin stamps (private and not intended for the postage) and Kaiser Wilhelm II was among the donors.
Comment by Sgt Monster on March 4, 2010 at 2:29pm
Remember, the Hindenburg was not the first to burn out....just the one everyone saw.
The first big burn up was LZ-4, one of the early prototypes, which the German Army wanted pretty badly.
Before they did, they requested a demonstration of her ability to make a 24-hour trip.While attempting to fulfill this requirement, the crew of LZ 4 had to make an intermediate landing in Echterdingen near Stuttgart. During the stop, a storm tore the airship away from its anchorage in the afternoon of 5 August 1908. She crashed into a tree, caught fire, and quickly burnt out. No one was seriously injured, although two technicians repairing the engines escaped only by making a hazardous jump. This accident would have certainly knocked out the Zeppelin project economically had not one of the spectators in the crowd spontaneously initiated a collection of donations, yielding an impressive total of 6,096,555 Mark. This enabled the Count to found the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH (Airship Construction Zeppelin Ltd.) and a Zeppelin Foundation.{Mostly gleaned from the net for dates and such....}
I often wonder who that fellow that passed the hat was...
Comment by lord_k on March 4, 2010 at 2:25pm
This is my greatest hope.
Comment by Tome Wilson on March 4, 2010 at 2:08pm
I remember reading an article last year that explained how modern transport engineers are returning to lighter-than-air travel ideas. Hopefully, people can finally remember the grandness of the Hindenburg despite the crash.
Comment by Larry on March 4, 2010 at 8:25am
A sad fact of life is if it hadn't had crashed so dramatically, and the crash so well recorded in both film and radio, probably few would know about it.

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