Today is the 76th anniversary of the first flight of the LZ-129 Hindenburg, the largest aircraft in human history.
I know I wouldn’t have even been allowed to ride it if I lived back then, shut up.
The last thing Hugo Eckener wanted was for his airships to become flying billboards for the Nazis. He outright denounced the Nazis as criminal thugs well before they came to power and long before it became fashionable or safe for him to do so.
He was even considered a favorite to run against Adolf Hitler.
I say all this just to clarify, I’m not glorifying the Nazis or their authoritarian legacy of fear, violence, and mass murder by commemorating the airship Hindenburg.
More than anything its the fault of the Nazi’s that the Hindenburg was destroyed and rigid airships vanished forever.