Saturday, July 2, 2011

July 2 - Zeppelin

On July 2, 1900, a German company flew it's first Zepplin model, the LZ-1.  It flew 5 passengers, 3.7 miles in 17 minutes.

The LZ-1

 This day marked the start of a 36 year period of building, improving and flying Zeppelins.  It ended however with the Hindenburg, which was the first Zeppelin that flew up to 100 passengers from Germany to New Jersey.  The total flight took 60 hours (can you imagine being stuck in an airplane for 60 hours!!!) and the Hindenburg completed a total of 10 successful roundtrips before it caught fire upon it's decent over New Jersey.

The Hindenburg

So now that you know the significance of this day, anyone have a suggestion of how to celebrate it?

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1 comment:

  1. I have no idea how to celebrate it, but I am sure glad we've advanced! I can't imagine spending 60 hours in a plane- I can barely stand 14! Yowza!