The Cranky Ol' Bat

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2005-05-06

Anniversary of the Hindenburg Disaster

Maybe you knew that on this day back in 1937, 35 people lost their lives in the Hindenburg disaster. But did you know that Herb Morrison's famous on the scene narration for a newsreel ("Oh, the humanity!") later became the nation's first coast-to-coast broadcast?

Modern day blimps are helium filled, not hydrogen filled like the Hindenburg and other older zeppelins. If you ever get the chance to snag a ride on one, go for it! My brother and I did when we were kids after our dad won a contest sponsored by Goodyear. We got to float over Phoenix. It's nothing like any other kind of flight....it's much more gentle and peaceful.

(It almost made up for when our dad decided to take us to the movies for the first time. It was a double feature.....Jaws and The Hindenburg. No wonder we turned out so warped!)

5 Comments:

  • At 7:44 AM, Blogger half said…

    It's weird to think about it now, but the Hindenburg had a smoking area.

     
  • At 2:56 PM, Blogger Kory O said…

    That sounds like one of the dumber things I've ever heard of, half, but I believe you! ;)

     
  • At 3:04 PM, Blogger Slap-Happy said…

    Hydrogen is more bouyant, more efficient. The explosion thing is quite a nuisance.

     
  • At 12:33 PM, Blogger Deacon Blues said…

    Yes, but when it does explode the only by-product, other than an earth-shattering kaboom, is water.

     
  • At 11:17 PM, Blogger Kory O said…

    Uh, ok....so it's ecologically friendly?

    Still ain't flying one, Deacon Blues, if it's filled with the stuff! ;)

     

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