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The Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships: Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg Paperback – December 17, 1992
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“This is the very best account of the high point of the zeppelin era. The book abounds in technical details of design and construction. . . . Readers will learn about airship operation from the inside out.”—Aerospace Historian
“A valuable book, enhanced by excellent illustrations and a useful glossary of terms.”—Isis
“A wealth of interesting design, engineering, construction and operating information. . . . Technically sound and authoritative.”—Aerospace
About the Author
Douglas H. Robinson, an aviation historian, is the author of several books, including The Zeppelin in Combat: A History of the German Naval Airship Division, 1912-1918; Giants in the Sky; and, with Charles L. Keller, “Up Ship!”: A History of the U.S. Navy's Rigid Airships, 1919-1935.
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Top Customer Reviews
Goodyear-Zeppelin joint venture, and he lived and worked at Friedrichshafen and aboard the Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg. Dick was given full access to the operations of the German Zeppelin company, and he flew as a passenger and/or crew member on 22 transatlantic flights aboard the
Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg. His observations about the German passenger zeppelins are fascinating, and he provides a rare personal insight, from an American perspective, on airship
captains Hugo Eckener, Ernst Lehmann, and Max Pruss. Dick also provides a wealth of technical details on zeppelin construction and
operation which are not available anywhere else. While not written with the eloquence or grace of a professional author, the detail and commentary in Dick's book make it a must-read for any serious student of zeppelin history.
The author was a trained engineer and delves into the technical aspects such as weahter effects, water recovery, fuel usage, wieght restrictions, loads, and also the scientific differences of Helieum and Hydrogen quite a few times. If you have an interest in this field then it won't bother you to trudge through it... and even see the beautiful detail at which it takes to get one of these things in the air, become stable in that medium, and fly safely... with HYDROGEN no less... and do it amazingly a hundred times... and over the Atlantic and back... and around the WORLD (as the less remembered Graf Zepplin succeded in doing).
You would think all of this would be taking place now as he describes day to day operations in Germany at the birthplace of these great ships of the air. But this all took place in the early 1930's!!! In reading and enjoying this book... I wish these great vessels of the sky would return, and with all of todays technology at hand would be easier than ever compared to what they used in yesteryear... it would be a dream come true.
First, Harold is clearly a lover of and believer in airships, even many years after his work with the Zeppelin company when he wrote this book. That comes through on every page.
But on top of the wonderful feelings that he conveys, there is also a lot of technical detail. Pressure ceiling, ballast, wind, valving hydrogen, gasoline vs another fuel, etc. But told in an interesting way.
And a lot of nice pictures...some are the ONLY pictures in existence of certain events.
Altogether a really great book for enthusiasts of aviation history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Offering rare and appreciated insight into both the Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg. A necessary book to own for anyone interested in these airships.Published 6 months ago by William Walsh
Fascinating to see the inside world of an old technology. Insightful with all its details. It's a very satisfying read.Published 14 months ago by Stephen Healey
I dont read a whole lot but this book is very interesting and one of favorites. Best book on zeppelins in my opinion.Published on January 3, 2014 by M Benner
The book was adversited as "NEW" and its condition was obviously used with deteriorated covers, dirty edges and it even had a bookmark inside, proof that it was read... Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by A.Ross
This is almost an autobiography of Harold G. Dick's adventures at Luftschiffbau Zeppelin. It is both informative and very enjoyable to read. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Michael S. Miner
Very interesting first person account about the brief heyday of big passenger airships by the one American who was in the middle of it. Read morePublished on November 18, 2012 by Geoffrey O. Thompson
For an American to be in the middle of all of this adventure during this tumultuous time period is absolutely fascinating. Read morePublished on November 30, 2011 by Jeffrey
Well written history and factual information on the great air ships. Photos and design plan are a plus.Published on March 26, 2009 by J. Moore