Monday, August 5, 2013

Zeppelin LZ 4 Crash 1908 in Echterdingen, Germany

Der Ballon beim Aufstieg
Zur grossen Fahrt
(The balloon during the ascent
To the great ride)

Der Ballon nach der Katastrophe
(The balloon after the disaster) Graf Zeppelin
(Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin)

Verlag Von (Publisher) Gust. Liersch and C
Berlin S.W.

Angef (Customized) vd. N.P.G. Stregutz 1908
H . Brandseph, Hofphotograpg

postmarked in 1908 with a Germania Deutsches Reich stamp

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The Zeppelin LZ 4 was a German experimental airship constructed under the direction of Ferdinand von Zeppelin. First flown on 20 June 1908, it made a series of successful flights including a 12-hour flight over Switzerland. It was destroyed on August 5th, 1908 when it caught fire after landing to carry out engine repairs during a projected 24-hour endurance trial. This disaster proved fortunate for Zeppelin: donations by the German public raised 6.5 million marks, so guaranteeing the future of his development of airships.

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Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin (in English, Count Zeppelin) (8 July 1838 – 8 March 1917) was a German general and later aircraft manufacturer. He founded the Zeppelin Airship company.

The British rock group Led Zeppelin's name derives from his airship as well. His granddaughter, Countess Eva von Zeppelin, even once threatened to sue Led Zeppelin for illegal use of their family name while performing in Copenhagen.
Germany (Germania) (Deutschland) stamp 1902, 
Deutsches Reich, 5

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