Hindenburg Essay

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Thesis: The Hindenburg has contributed to the history of aircraft as well as

I. (opening paragraph)
A. attention getter and relate it to Hindenburg
B. thesis statement
II. Airship development
A. Count von Zeppelin’s first rigid airships
B. Graf Zeppelin
III. Paul von Hindenburg: The man that the famous airship was named after.
A. childhood summary
B. time in German army
C. General Hindenburg
D. President Hindenburg
E. later years
IV. The Hindenburg
A. specifications
B. appearances and travel time
C. the explosion
V. Explanations of the explosion
A. hydrogen theory
B. coated inner skin theory
C. sabotage theory
VI. conclusion
A. Hindenburg, king of rigid airships and the last of them.
B. aircraft has changed because of it
C. investigations have changed because of it.
D. restate thesis

the hindenburg’s history and investigation

A 747, O.J. Simpson, the Goodyear blimp and the shooting at Columbine
High School all have one thing in common. The Hindenburg has contributed to
these things in one way or another. The 747 is a modern aircraft that is very
popular in commercial airlines. O.J. Simpson is a man that was charged with the
murder of two humans; he was proven not guilty in one court and guilty in
another. The shooting at Columbine High School was an occurrence, just over a
month ago, in which two students destroyed their high school while killing 15
people. Have you found the connection yet? As you read on, the connection will
be clear. The Hindenburg has contributed to the history of aircraft as well as
The rigid airship took no time to develop into useful source of
transportation (“Hindenburg” video 1). Count Von Zeppelin was the first to create
rigid airships (video 1). His idea was to fill many airbags with hydrogen, enclose
them in an aerodynamic rigid structure and have onboard engines (video 1). He
built the LZ1 and flew it, July 2, 1900, two years before the Wright Brothers’ first
flight (video 1). The Zeppelin company began developing and expanding (video
1). They offered sight seeing tours, but were however, very expensive (video 1).
By 1914, the Zeppelins had carried over 10,000 people over 100,000 miles (video
1). All along the success, the Zeppelins were soon used for a military purpose
(video 1). In 1928 the Graf Zeppelin took to the sky (video 1). It’s most dramatic
fleet was its flight around the world (video 1). It started in America and it’s first
stop was 7,000 miles later in Tokyo, Japan (video 1). It completed the flight
landing in Lakehurst, New Jersey (video 1). It’s pilot, Hugo Eckner, became one
of the most famous people in the world (video 1). The Graf Zeppelin began
carrying passengers from Brazil to Germany on a routine basis (video 1). Both
America and Great Britain made a number of rigid airships for different purposes;
none of them would be as big or famous as the Hindenburg (video 1).
To better understand the overall idea of the largest rigid airship ever built,
you must know about the man it was named after. Paul von Hindenburg was
born in Poznan, Poland on to the cadet school in Berlin (“Hindenburg” CD-ROM).
At the age of 19, he enrolled in the Prussian army (CD). Paul experienced the
Seven Weeks’ War and the Franco-Prussian War in only a five year period (CD).
Beginning in 1871, Hindenburg served 40 years in the German army (CD). He
became general in 1905 and in 1914, accepted the command of the German
Eighth Army on the Russian Border (CD). After an overwhelming victory over
Russian troops at Tannenberg, he was promoted to field marshal (CD), He
became responsible for the direction of all German forces (CD). In March 1917,
he established the “Hindenburg Line”, which was not broken by Allied armies until
October 1918 (CD). He retired from the army in 1919 (CD). he went on, in 1925,
to serve as the president of the German Republic for 7 years (CD). It was
decided by Hitler, to name the large rigid airship, The Hindenburg, in memory of
Germany’s honorable ex-president. Hindenburg was a fearless leader worthy of
airship title.
The Hindenburg was 70 times the volume of a present day blimp and flew
at 80 miles per hour (“Hindenburg” video 1). It was about the length of three
football fields and cruised at an altitude of 1000 feet (video 1). The power plants
on the Hindenburg were 4 Dimler-Benz, sixteen cylinder high speed diesel
engines (Dick 85). Each engine produced 1300 horsepower for take off, and 850
horsepower for cruising (85). Inside the Hindenburg was a dining room that could
seat 50 (“Hindenburg” video 1). It had 25, 2 person, cabins (video 1). There
were observatories where passengers could enjoy a grand view (video 1). The
ride was very quiet (video 1). The first of the engines were mounted 90 feet away
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