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Thread #147123 Message #3408782
Posted By: catspaw49
22-Sep-12 - 03:36 PM
Thread Name: BS: Goodbye, Goodyear Blimp-Hello, Zeppelin
Subject: RE: BS: Goodbye, Goodyear Blimp-Hello, Zeppelin
Well Mac, there is some truth in what you say as the fabric and coating may have had much to do with the downing and loss of the Hindenburg. But hydrogen was without doubt the major contributing factor. There were occasionally crashes of German and British Rigids where there was no fire but for the most part they all burned either before or after the crash.
The US had access to Helium but it was quite costly so most countries never went for it. The US never used anything else but although they lost the Akron, Macon and the Shenandoah fire was never involved in any way. Helium had some limiting factors as well but they were nothing compared to the problems with Hydrogen.