Wow. I didn't even know you could do that with a zeppelin. Awesome! Shame they can't be made safe.
Just curious, if the ship was "lost at sea" how did 3 people survive?
The article says the air ship was never recovered, which means it sank. Different from being lost.
In this case, "lost at sea" means that the ship was declared a total loss due to events occurring at sea. It's not meant to say that the ship was misplaced, just that it went down and could not be recovered. Just because a ship goes down at sea though, doesn't necessarily mean there were no survivors. For example, the Titanic can be said to have been "lost at sea".
On May 6, 1937 my mother was a young student here in the New York City public school system.
As she was walking home from school with a few of her girlfriends on a sunny spring afternoon, they suddenly became aware of a dark shadow - almost like a storm cloud - passing over their heads.
As they looked up, there it was - The Hindenburg - on it's way across the Hudson River and over to the landing strip at Lakehurst, New Jersey - and its tragic appointment with destiny.
Helium... we must have Helium!!
That's quite interesting. I had always assumed that "lost at sea" would mean they couldn't find the ship and assumed it went down somewhere.
Or they turned back and were going in the wrong direction, and then crashed on an island with polar bears and monsters and Benjamin Linus.
That's the usual implication. But if there were survivors to tell the tale, the fate of the ship is no longer an assumption.
FYI... helium filled zeppelins or (blimps) were considered safe versus the inflammable hydrogen filled versions like the Hindenburg. As with any aircraft they are susceptible to other dangers, such as weather, enemy attack etc. In fact they are safer than conventional winged craft as they can stay aloft (maintain lift) without engine power (ie thrust). This also made them suitable for airborne carrier spy-craft duties, capable of remaining on station with engines off if needed or run intermittently for position correction.
Good program on Channel 4 a month ago about what could have destroyed the hindenburg... Something to do with St Elmos Fire... and the metal grounded landing strips. The fire ignited a hydrogen bag and it blew up.
Hindenburg was full of hydrogen gas because the US government would not sell helium gas to the Germans. Helium gas is only found in "gas wells" located in KS, OK, and TX. Helium is one gas which is not found in nature.
The main trouble with blimps is their size and fly in only fair weather. But they were great platforms to find German U-boat during the WWII.
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