Dr. Eckener's Dream Machine

Dr. Eckener's Dream Machine

The Historic Saga of the Round-the-world Zeppelin

Book - 2001
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Blackwell North Amer
Early in the morning of 15 August 1929, at a gigantic aircraft hangar on the shores of Lake Constance in Germany, one aristocratic Englishwoman and sixty men of different nationalities clambered on board a fantastical flying machine almost as big as the Titanic. The Graf Zeppelin, one of the most spectacular and best-loved technological marvels of its age, was about to embark on the first-ever passenger round-the-world flight, kept aloft with inflammable hydrogen gas and propelled by a special explosive vapour.
Travelling up to four times the speed of the fastest ocean-going liner and down to less than the height of the Empire State Building, above unknown lands and seas, the Graf Zeppelin flew east-about via the wilds of Siberia to Japan and across the Pacific to continental America and the Atlantic. The airship's creator and commander was a former psychologist and economics journalist called Hugo Eckener, one of the great protagonists of aeronautical history and later opponent of Hitler and his Nazi henchmen.
Relying on contemporary memoirs, diaries, journals and letters, Douglas Botting has written a narrative history of the Zeppelin, blending science, adventure and romance to describe how Dr. Eckener joined forces with a retired German cavalry officer called Count Zeppelin to pursue a dream of creating the world's first passenger aircraft - and how that dream became distorted in World War I and finally turned into a nightmare with the fateful crash of the Hindenburg in 1937. Dr. Eckener's dream, however, lives on - both in the pages of this book and on an airfield near Berlin.

Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2001
ISBN: 9780002571913
Branch Call Number: TL659.G7 B68
Characteristics: xii, 356 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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