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The Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships: Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg Paperback – December 17, 1992

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“[A] major contribution to aeronautical history. . . .Well illustrated with photos and drawings (some never before published) and handsomely designed.”—Booknews

“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

Harold G. Dick, the only American to have made twenty-two transatlantic crossings in the passenger airships, is an honorary life member of the Lighter-Than-Air Society. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.
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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books; Reprint edition (December 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560982195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560982197
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
One of the best airship books written as the author was directly involved in all aspects of the zeppelin program. No book written so far exceeds this one in illuminating the operations and organization of the passenger airship effort. Pictures never before seen are included. The story is told in context with the political situation of the time. A must read book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1997
Format: Paperback
Harold Dick was the American representative of the
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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a first-hand account by Harold G. Dick who was the only American ever to be allowed into the Zeppelin-Luftschiffbau operations. His experiences between 1934-1938 and his extensive notes of that time provide the reader with a fantastic understanding of the complexities and excitement associated with these graceful giants of the sky....Wish I had been alive at that time to see them!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
As Goodyear's liason to the Zeppelin Company, Harold G. Dick had unprecedented access to the ships, the information, and the people who defined this "golden age." He speaks with authtority because he was there. He can relate unique statistics on the performance of the Hindenberg in trans-Atlantic flight because he flew as a officer/observer. He speaks about the personalities of Dr. Hugo Eckner, the chairman of Zeppelin, and his son Knut, because he enjoyed the friendship of both. He also touches upon the rise of the Nazi Party, since he was a direct witness to propoganda flights (and some more harrowing events). (His photographs of the damage sustained by the Hindenberg as it attempted to lift off on such a flight are unique; Nazi officials confiscated all others, but he managed to hide his film.) His access was unique, and so therefore is this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Burns Fisher on November 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Fair disclosure: I was given this book by my mother-in-law; Harold Dick was her uncle. Nonetheless, while I have an indirect family connection, I think I can be objective enough to say that this is a great book.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Woodrow on May 27, 2012
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Captivation is the word for this book as the author takes you back to those breath-taking and glorious years when passengers got the chance of a lifetime to travel majestically and elegentley by Airship! The author got to do this more than TEN times while rating, reveiwing, and studying the methods, training, and construction of these great beasts of the skys... including the most remembered of all... the HINDENBERG!
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey on November 30, 2011
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For an American to be in the middle of all of this adventure during this tumultuous time period is absolutely fascinating. Once I started reading it, I simply could not put it down. To wit, I felt I was transported back in time to Friedrichshafen and lived the adventures aboard the great Zeppelin airships and lived the life of Harold Dick. The pictures are also wonderful. The political perspective is just right. Yes, we all know the German NAZI's were horrible people, but the Germans who created and flew the Zeppelins were innovative and creative and inventive. The book is worth it. It will stay in my personal library forever.
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