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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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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.