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Leo Enticknap <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 6 Apr 2005 13:53:16 +0100
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>Does anyone know of a DVD available that has full coverage of the 
>Hindenburg crash? Would be nice if it also had footage or stills of the 
>Hindenburg in normal operating mode, and/or during construction.

There is a home movie taken by a passenger on a Frankfurt to Lakehurst 
flight in September 1936 on the National Film Preservation Foundation's 
'Treasures from American Archives' DVD - see for 
ordering details.  The accident footage (the airship's destruction on 6 May 
1937 was not technically a crash, as the hydrogen did not ignite as the 
result of an impact with anything, as was the case with the R101) can be 
found on all manner of newsreel compilation DVDs.

Several of my relatives were heavily involved in the British rigid airship 
programme and one flew on the 'Graf Zeppelin' as a passenger: if you'd like 
any more information on the Hindenburg, please email me off list.  Douglas 
Botting's book 'Dr. Eckener's Dream Machine' (London, 2002) is excellently 
researched, if a little populist in tone.


Leo Enticknap
Curator, Northern Region Film & Television Archive
Middlesbrough, UK 

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