The Hindenburg Airship

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Official Name:
    LZ 129 Hindenburg (Luftschiff Zeppelin #129; Registration: D-LZ129)

General characteristics:
Crew: 40 to 61
Capacity: 50–72 passengers
Length: 803.8'   (by comparison, a Boeing 747-8 is 250'2")
Height: 143.3'   (by comparison, a Boeing 747-8 is 63'6")
Volume: 7,062,000 ft³ (cubic feet)
Powerplant: 4 × Daimler-Benz DB 602 diesel engines, 890 kW (1,200 hp) each
Maximum speed: 85 mph (135 km/h).

This image was taken from a nearby airplane. There are many spots and scratches visible in the print, which seem to be dirt and scratches that were on the airplane window.
I don't know the location of this shot, sorry.

I have cropped and highly manipulated part of the image to be able to see some of the most interesting details:

At the upper-right you can see the name "Hindenburg"
The pilot gondola can be seen below that.
Just to the rear of the gondola, you can make out the salon windows of the passenger area in the body of the ship.
Back and above these 3 windows, is the insignia of the World Olympics, the 5 colored intertwined rings. Yes, all 5 rings are there. The light-blue-colored ring on the left does not show up well in b&w images.
     Originally, the rings were to be used on flags and signage at the 1916 Olympic Games, but those games were cancelled because of the ongoing World War. The rings made a belated debut at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium.
The starboard-forward engine pod is behind the Olympic insignia.
Next the rigid airship designation number is visible, "D-LZ129".
Finally, the starboard-rear engine pod, where you can just make out the propeller at the rear of the pod.

I have just located a much clearer image in a similar position, although it is on the ground at Lakehurst, New Jersey Airbase.

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      February, 2017

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