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Hindenburg mystery solved after 76 years?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:52 PM

The dream was a fleet of hydrogen-filled airships criss-crossing the globe, silvered hulls shining in the sunlight. And for a while the fantasy became reality, For the Hindenburg was the Concorde of its day – able to cross the Atlantic in about three days, twice as fast as going by sea.

With nearly 100 on board, the 245m airship was preparing to land at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on 6 May 1937, when the age of airship travel ended. In front of horrified onlookers, the Hindenburg exploded and plunged to the ground in flames. Thirty-five of those on board died.

http://www.independe...rs-8517996.html

http://www.dailymail...ip-explode.html

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 04:48 AM

Thanks for the link its interesting read


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:05 AM

Static electricity makes sense. Given that the crew had been circling the airfield and the electrical storm that had abated not long before, it is a much more sensible conclusion than saboutage.


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:46 AM

I would love to see a return of Hydrogen rigid airships.  They could be built today to be as safe as flying in a modern airliner.  They are far less polluting and could be used for a variety of tasks including lifting heavy loads.

Just a shame this accident wiped out the chance of any future development.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 12:39 PM

View Postskookum, on 05 March 2013 - 11:46 AM, said:

I would love to see a return of Hydrogen rigid airships.  They could be built today to be as safe as flying in a modern airliner.  They are far less polluting and could be used for a variety of tasks including lifting heavy loads.

Just a shame this accident wiped out the chance of any future development.

Helium would be a completely safe (if expensive) non-flamable alternative to Hydrogen. I wonder if the two gases could be mixed at a ratio that would render the hydrogen less explosive, they might have different specific gravity (if that is the correct term for the weight of gases); one might "float" above the other and therefore you could still have a pocket of highly flammable gas, but they could be keep homogenized with blowers inside the envelope.


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 01:19 PM

I don't know about the return of "air-ships"
Seems like a large, low flying target for those wishing to do harm.


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:10 PM

Helium would be safer, but like you said much, much, MUCH more expensive, and in fact running in short supply these days. There have been helium shortages as of late, and only about 6 or 7 sites worldwide produce all of the worlds helium.


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:46 PM

Hydrogen is as safe as Helium and much cheaper. The major problem with the dirigibles is they are under powered. They need to be powered by more powerful engines to deal with the air winds and currents but it would be wonderful to bring them back to transportation service.


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 03:17 PM

View Postskookum, on 05 March 2013 - 11:46 AM, said:

I would love to see a return of Hydrogen rigid airships.  They could be built today to be as safe as flying in a modern airliner.  They are far less polluting and could be used for a variety of tasks including lifting heavy loads.

Just a shame this accident wiped out the chance of any future development.

Have you ever read Jasper Fforde's books? One of his series is set in an alternate universe in 1985 and there the only mode of air transportation is rigid airships. :D Each town/village has a station like a train station.

re: the article... I thought it was determined a long time ago that static electricity was the culprit.

Edited by Lady Kasey, 05 March 2013 - 03:19 PM.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 03:35 PM

View Postmarcos anthony toledo, on 05 March 2013 - 02:46 PM, said:

Hydrogen is as safe as Helium and much cheaper. The major problem with the dirigibles is they are under powered. They need to be powered by more powerful engines to deal with the air winds and currents but it would be wonderful to bring them back to transportation service.

Hydrogen is not at all as safe as Helium! It is extremely flammable! Helium is not flammable at all :)


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 05:20 PM

But I thought that the mythbusters did that a few years ago.


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:23 PM

This has been mentioned before in regards to the Hindenburg.And Hydrogen is not safe.If I remember correctly;there is a reserve of helium out in west Texas.I think it's out near San Angelo and you may have to google it.


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:45 PM

View PostHollyDolly, on 05 March 2013 - 06:23 PM, said:

This has been mentioned before in regards to the Hindenburg.And Hydrogen is not safe.If I remember correctly;there is a reserve of helium out in west Texas.I think it's out near San Angelo and you may have to google it.

Yes you are right there is a helium reserve out in West Texas. Here is more information about that reserve and the global helium shortage: http://www.popularme...ortage-10031229


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:34 PM

Helium would be a lot funnier



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Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:22 PM

if we could breathe this much hot air into their balloon, they might have something......
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