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LZ-129 The Flames Are Shooting 500 Feet Into the Air May 6, 2012

Posted by bobv451 in death, history, sense of wonder, zeppelin.

Victories seem more difficult to celebrate in the USA than disasters. Today in 1937 the Hindenburg caught fire and burned, with the loss of 36 lives, including one ground crewman. One reason this is so spectacular goes to how difficult it was to film news events then. Having the necessary equipment on hand required some time to set up the camera and an experienced camera operator. It wasn’t until 1978 that videocameras became common enough that another actual air disaster (this one killing 144) was captured on film/tape.

Now, of course, try to find someone who doesn’t have a smartphone with video capabilities to record air atrocities.

As you know, I am a fan of dirigibles and have been aloft in both a blimp and a zeppelin. On occasion I check out stories of flying. A marvelous fictional account is Max Allan Collins’ The Hindenburg Murders, complete with schematics.

In the movies there is always the Michael York/Elke Sommer thriller Zeppelin and Hindenburg, starring one of my favorite actors, Geogre C. Scott.

I never saw the made for TV movie with the hyperbolic title Hindenburg:Titanic of the Skies and might count myself lucky for having missed it.

Want more about the Hindenburg? Here’s a nice place to read up.

I leave you with some of the most stirring unscripted news commentary of the past century.



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