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Naval War College Review

Article Title

Airships for the 1990s?

Authors

John E. Jackson

Abstract

In the minds of most people, the usefulness of lighter-than-air (LTA) craft ended on a rainy May evening in 1937 when the German Zeppelin Hindenburi (LZ-129) dramatically burn into flames and embed before a horrified crowd at the Naval Air Station in Lakehursl, New Jersey. This w.as captured 011 film and audio­tape by the small army of newsmen who untlinchlngly recorded the death throes of the 800-foot long airship. (n the weeks following the crash, milllons of movie viewers around the world were electrified by the sight of the flaming Zeppelin slowly settling to rest amid the screams of passengers, crew members, and on-lookers, Most of us have since seen it at least once on television (LZ-129) dramatically burn into flames and embed before a horrified crowd at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey. This was captured 011 film and audio­tape by the small army of newsmen who untlinchlngly recorded the death throes of the 800-foot long airship. In the weeks following the crash, milllons of movie viewers around the world were electrified by the sight of the flaming Zeppelin slowly settling to rest amid the screams of passengers, crew members, and on-lookers, Most of us have since seen it at least once on television

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