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Automobiles and airships make a perfect combination as you usually drove one to get to the other and they both provide human interest. A 1929 Packard Phaeton is seen in the above photo with the famous Graf Zeppelin, in what appears to be a Packard advertising photo. Right up near the the Graf can be seen a Packard Club sedan and to the left another Packard appears to be driving away.
The center photo (above) shows an engine of the type used to power the mighty Graf. The craft’s five Maybach VL-2 12-cylinder 550 horsepower engines could burn either gasoline or Blau gas, an artificial illuminating gas similar to propane.
Press photos (above) of the Graf Zeppelin were taken in Germany when it was new and being tested during six domestic shake-down flights.
Twenty years later, the great ocean hopping Zeppelins were history, but their little brother blimps were being used for observation and short commercial flights. Their slow airspeed also made them very popular for use as flying billboards. The Tydol Gasoline emblazoned airship above was being used for promotional purposes circa 1949. The Cadillac convertible parked near it appears to be a 1949 model as well.
To learn more about the Graf Zeppelin and other German and U.S. Navy airships, visit Airships, one of the best online resources about them. Graf Zeppelin control room photo and all other photos courtesy of Imagerie Mécanique’s Facebook page. You can also see an excellent BBC film of the famous 1929 Graf Zeppelin around the world flight here on The Old Motor.
Here is a very well done and operating scale model of the famous Graf Zeppelin that Martin Heigele built, after spending some one thousand hours on the task in the early 1960s. The metal worker from Eisenburg, West Germany, is shown here sending it off on a journey across his back yard on a tram-way he also constructed. Photo courtesy of the Benjamin Ames collection (scroll down).
A film of the famous 1929 Graf Zeppelin Around-The-World flight
The complete story of the flight Around The World By Zeppelin can be seen (above) in a BBC documentary film of the flight, which contains rare high quality original film footage. It is one hour and twenty two minutes long and told in the words of Lady Grace Drummond-Hay, a reporter for the Hearst Newspaper chain. Watch it when you have the time, as it is very well done and well worth the time to view the story of the 21 day voyage, which captured the entire world’s attention.
American newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, was the major commercial backer of the around-the-world flight and had four staffers among the flight’s nine passengers. The flight officially began and ended at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Hearst paid for the exclusive media rights of the journey for his newspapers.
In addition to Hearst correspondent Lady Grace Drummond-Hay who was on board were correspondents Karl von Wiegand and Australian Arctic explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins, and photographer and newsreel cameraman Robert Hartmann.
Complete details of the trip of the Graf Zeppelin round- the-world flight can also be found here.
An interesting photo captioned as being the Graf Zeppelin landing in Miami. This link will take you to photos and information about its engine pods. A very interesting video below gives you great footage and information on the air ship. The early fifth wheel trailers are by Glen Curtiss. We were able to find this article from Modern Mechanics which tells about how they were used for transporting air passengers to rail connections.