Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight

Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight

Jacob Miller - October 19, 2017

Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
The control room contained rudder and elevator control wheels, gas and water ballast release controls, engine telegraphs, and flight and navigation instruments. airships
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Graf Zeppelin Control Room. airships
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Chart Room of Graf Zeppelin. airships
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Radio Room of Graf Zeppelin. airships
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Across from the radio room was a small kitchen containing electric burners and ovens, an electric water heater, a refrigeration unit, and compact storage and preparation areas. Obviously, no open flames were allowed on the hydrogen-filled Zeppelin. airship
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Aft of the kitchen was a combination lounge/dining room, approximately 16′ square, which was the only public passenger space aboard the ship. While the surroundings were luxurious, they were also unheated, and during the winter months, or when the ship flew over the North Atlantic, or during the flight over Siberia as part of the 1929 Round-the-World flight, passengers often spent much of their time wrapped in heavy winter coats or covered by layers of blankets while ice crystals formed on the windows.
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Circa 1925- The lounge of the British airship R101. These passenger quarters were the most spacious ever provided in an airship. Getty Images
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
“We have a million cubic feet of gas but no heat. . . . Merciless cold driving through the canvas walls of this flying tent. … I have visualized myself gracefully draped over a saloon window ledge romantically viewing the moonlit sky. The men . . . have reminded each other not to forget evening jackets and boiled shirts in their baggage. We have drawn ourselves lovely pictures of dining elegantly in mid-air with Commodore Eckener at the head of a flower-decked table . . . but . . . leather coats, woollies, and furs will be our evening dress. Hot soup and steaming stew more welcome than cold caviar and chicken salad.” – Lady Grace Drummond Hay. Airships
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Dinner on the Graf Zeppelin. airships
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Graf Zeppelin China. airships
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Accommodation for the ship’s twenty passengers was provided in ten small cabins, containing upper and lower berths similar to those aboard a railroad sleeping car, and which could be arranged for daytime or nighttime use. Like the rest of the ship, the cabins were unheated. The cabins were located on a narrow corridor, at the end of which were separate washrooms for men and women. airships
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Steward making up a bed. airships
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
A sleeping cabin and the kitchen area on the Graf Zeppelin (1928). Getty Images
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Passenger Cabin of Graf Zeppelin. airships
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Passenger Corridor on Graf Zeppelin. airships
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Women’s Washroom on Graf Zeppelin. airships
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
October 9th, 1929- Passengers playing cards and watching the view over Yorkshire on the verandah aboard R100. Getty Images
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
A maid prepares a dish in the kitchen of airship R 100, at Howden, Yorkshire. Getty Images
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Passengers surveying the scene from the verandah deck of the British R100 Airship, built to compete with the great ocean liners of the day. Getty Images
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
Members of the Dominion Legislative Conference dine on board the luxurious R101 airship. Getty Images

 

Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
1929- The British airship R-100 flies through a thick layer of clouds. She was scrapped after the crash of her sister ship, the R-101, in 1930. Getty Images
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
October 1929- The airship R101 flying over the British town of Bedford on its first flight. Getty Images
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
April 1930- An aerial view of the Graf Zeppelin flying over Wembley Stadium in London during the 1930 FA Cup Final. Getty Images
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
The Graf Zeppelin over Jerusalem, 1931. Library of Congress
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
1931 stereograph reads: The Graf Zeppelin’s rendezvous with the eternal desert and the more than 4,000-year-old pyramids of Gizeh, Egypt. Library of Congress
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
A small airship did manage to tie onto the Empire State Building for three minutes after a half-hour struggle. uh.edu
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
1937- The German-built airship Hindenburg (D-LZ-129) flies over Manhattan on May 6, 1937. A few hours later, the ship burst into flames in an attempt to land at Lakehurst, USA. AP
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
1937- The Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst, New Jersey, which marked the end of the era of passenger-carrying airships. The Zeppelin caught fire and crashed, killing 36 people aboard. Arthur Cofod
Photographing the Golden Age of Zeppelin Flight
The Hindenburg on fire in 1937. Wikipedia
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