Category Archives: Historical

The Mishaps and Milestones of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

Source: New York Times – nytimes.com By Christina Caron A hippopotamus soared over the ocean. A cartoon character burst into flames after drifting into a high-tension wire. And a 60-foot cat sent a plane and its two passengers plummeting.

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Beyond the Hindenburg: Airships Throughout History

Source: The National Archives – archives.gov The dramatic, fiery fate of the German rigid airship LZ-129, the Hindenburg, in 1937 is the most famous event of the airship age.

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100 years of aviation history celebrated in North Yorkshire

Source: The Press – yorkpress.co.uk By Victoria Prest A hundred years of Britain’s industrial and aviation innovation was remembered last weekend, in a village a stone’s throw from Drax power station.

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How a Navy Dirigible Became the World’s Deadliest Airship

Source: History – history.com By Erin Blakemore It happened in moments—a gust of whipping wind. Suddenly, the USS Akron, a dirigible performing exercises off the coast of New Jersey, felt more like a flimsy toy than one of the most … Continue reading

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Rare Archival Airship Films Have Been Digitized and Are Available for Viewing

The Archival Services of the University of Akron have digitized four nitrate films that form part of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. records stored at the university. The videos were first transferred from highly combustible nitrate to safety film … Continue reading

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