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"(...) Even Otto Lilienthal’s pioneering glider flights were not taken very seriously at first by his fellow Germans. [2] Within the same decade as the Wright brothers flight, however, the German public found itself gripped by the Zeppelin craze. In the next one, the Imperial German Army would be assisted by a dedicated Luftstreitkräfte (‘German Air Force’) in the First World War. Eventually, between 1935 and 1945, the Third Reich proudly wielded one of history’s most iconic air forces – the Luftwaffe – to devastating, but ultimately ill-fated effect."

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https://hushkit.net/2020/04/04/from-the-lying-brothers-to-lilienthal-der-traum-vom-fliegen-and-the-birth-of-german-aviation-in-the-19th-20th-centuries/

a superb article from the Hushkit aviation blog on the cultural and social context of the development of aviation in Germany, from 1870 through to the 1930s, largely focussing on the development of (Zeppelin) airships.

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"Airships were often packaged in Germany and abroad as the ultimate alternative to traditional cruise ships – complete with fine dining, sweeping vistas and luxurious interiors. One German newspaper reporter gave their own favourable review of these new airborne tours:
You cannot have a warm beefsteak or a well-done goose for the time being, but a cold plate can be served. The cabin is so firmly anchored by twelve steel wires […] that no noticeable vibrations are to be perceived. And everything is planned for comfort. We have not only a restaurant, but toilets too, and we sit comfortably on wicker chairs and look like we are in a salon or a luxury train."

WOWS needs real Zeppelins, not to drop bombs, but so we can spectate battles while relaxing to piano music, a plate of cold meats, and a glass of fine wine.

Visit this link for the full article : 

https://hushkit.net/2020/04/04/from-the-lying-brothers-to-lilienthal-der-traum-vom-fliegen-and-the-birth-of-german-aviation-in-the-19th-20th-centuries/

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I always thought the idea of blimps was pretty neat. That era had the zeppelins. Used in war and for air travel. Sort of the cruise ships of the skies. The learning curve of NOT to use hydrogen (Hindenburg) was a tragic one.

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7 minutes ago, Capt_Ahab1776 said:

The learning curve of NOT to use hydrogen (Hindenburg) was a tragic one.

actually this is a misunderstanding of history shared by many. Hindenburg used hydrogen on its fatal flight, because of the shortage of Helium; and because the Nazis insisted Hindenburg fly. previously, German airships (mostly) used helium/

Obviously, this was a public relations disaster from which the reputation of Zeppelins and airships for civilian usage, has never fully recovered.

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9 minutes ago, LoveBote said:

actually this is a misunderstanding of history shared by many. Hindenburg used hydrogen on its fatal flight, because of the shortage of Helium; and because the Nazis insisted Hindenburg fly. previously, German airships (mostly) used helium/

Obviously, this was a public relations disaster from which the reputation of Zeppelins and airships for civilian usage, has never fully recovered.

Ah, I thought that disaster was the wake up call. Unaware it was a already normally helium. 

I always thought the artwork of the Hindenburg post cards was cool. Transatlantic trips.

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1 minute ago, Capt_Ahab1776 said:

Ah, I thought that disaster was the wake up call. Unaware it was a already normally helium. 

I always thought the artwork of the Hindenburg post cards was cool. Transatlantic trips.

hydrogen, propaganda and a pyschopathically murdurous totalitarian regime are unhealthy for Zeppelin voyagers.

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Static electricity and a flammable coverings were more to blame than Hydrogen for the Hindenburg. When we landed Helicopters on our ship we would have to discharge the static before touching the chopper. This charge isn't like rubbing your feet on the carpet and touching your friend (unless your friend is your computer which that could completely ruin). This charge can knock  you off your feet or off of the flight deck and into the ocean. Of course if the chopper touched the deck that would discharge the electricity too.

 

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On 4/4/2020 at 11:33 AM, LoveBote said:

actually this is a misunderstanding of history shared by many. Hindenburg used hydrogen on its fatal flight, because of the shortage of Helium; and because the Nazis insisted Hindenburg fly. previously, German airships (mostly) used helium/

Obviously, this was a public relations disaster from which the reputation of Zeppelins and airships for civilian usage, has never fully recovered.

It used hydrogen because the US was the sole commercial source of helium in the world at the time having something like 90%+ of the world's supply and the US refused to sell any to Germany.  Interestingly, the German Zeppelins also used blau gas (similar to propane) for fuel instead of liquid gasoline as this had a weight about equal to air and wouldn't cause weight shifts as it was used up.

Oh, and blimps are not the same as Zeppelins / Dirigibles.  The later have an internal rigid framework while a blimp is just a big bag of gas with no internal structure.

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