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Additional Images
Primary Object
Travel brochure
Artist/Maker
American Airlines, Inc.
Title/Object Name
Travel Brochure
Date
May 7, 1936
Medium
Paper
Dimensions
Folded 8"h x 5 7/8"w
Open 8"h x 17 5/8"w
Artifact Descriptions
This brochure promotes a business association between American Airlines, Inc. and the Airship Hindenburg and includes a description of the services and amenities available to passengers on American Airlines and the Zeppelin Hindenburg, travel routes and airfares.
Artifact Origin Map
Origins Unknown
The Collections Aviation | Zeppelin Hindenburg
Zeppelin Hindenburg

Updated: October 5, 2006

he Zeppelin Company, the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin, produced its first rigid airship in 1900. The US government later contracted with the company to build several airships, including the Hindenburg, which was launched in March of 1936. The airship made ten roundtrip voyages between Germany and the United States before disaster struck.

Miller’s grandson and namesake, Frank Miller Hutchings, was on the last successful flight of the Zeppelin Hindenburg.  The Hindenburg blew up while landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6, 1937.  Thirty six died, including 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one civilian member of the crew. The day after the disaster, Hutchings was quoted in the Riverside Daily Press: "I, speaking as a passenger looking down upon the Lakehurst ground crew, know how horrible must have been those last few seconds of yesterday's mooring." He went on to say, "But, I feel sure that those who last night failed to reach the hangar would repledge their faith that the conquest of the air shall continue."

The Miller-Hutchings' family continued to pledge their own faith in the Zeppelin's conquest of the air; some items of interest from their collection include a Hindenburg travel brochure, a sample of Graf Zeppelin oil in a bottle, and a Zeppelin Hindenburg broach.

Online Links & Resources

Airships: DJ's Zeppelin Page
LZ-129 Hindenburg
Hindenburg Interior
The Zeppelin Museum
AIRSHIP: Home Page of Lighter-Than-Air Craft
Accross the Ocean by Airship

Bibliography

Althoff, William H. (1998). Sky Ships: A History of the Airship in the United States Navy. Pacifica, CA - Pacifica Press.

Archbold, Rick. (1994). Hindenburg: An Illustrated History. New York: Madison Press/Warner.

Botting, Douglas. (1980). The Giant Airships. Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books.

Cross, Wilbur. (1991). Zeppelins of World War 1. New York: Paragon.

Dick, Harold G. and Douglas Hill Robinson. (1991). The Golden Age of Great Passenger Ships: Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Meyer, Henry Cord. (1991). Airshipmen, Businessmen, & Politics, 1890-1940. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Robinson, Douglas Hill. (1979). Giants in the Sky: A History of the Rigid Airship
3rd edition: Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.

Robinson, Douglas Hill and Charles L. Keller. (1982). Up Ship: U.S. Navy Rigid Airships 1919-1935. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press.

Tanaka, Shelly. (1993). Disaster of the Hindenburg: the Last Flight of the Greatest Airship Ever Built. New York: Scholastic/Madison Press.

Toland, John. (1972). The Great Dirigibles: Their Triumphs and Disasters. New York: Dover Publications.

Vaeth, J. Gordon. (1958). Graf Zeppelin: The Adventures of an Aerial Globetrotter. New York: Harper.

 
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