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August 31, 2017

LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin Flying Over Chicago: Vintage Snaps of People Gathered to Watch the Big Balloon in 1929

Certainly the most successful zeppelin ever built, LZ-127 was christened “Graf Zeppelin” by the daughter of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin on July 8, 1928, which would have been the late count’s 90th birthday.

By the time of Graf Zeppelin’s last flight, nine years later, the ship had flown over a million miles, on 590 flights, carrying thousands of passengers and hundreds of thousands of pounds of freight and mail, with safety and speed. Graf Zeppelin circled the globe and was famous throughout the world, and inspired an international zeppelin fever in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

These images show the airship Graf Zeppelin LZ 127 flying over Chicago in August 1929, on the American leg of its round-the-world trip. The Graf Zeppelin flew low over the city. Large crowds gathered to watch its flight.

View of the Graf Zeppelin at an angle flying over Buckingham Fountain in Chicago's Grant Park. Crowds stand in the foreground, and the Chicago skyline is visible in the background.

Crowds sitting and standing on a lawn in Chicago’s Grant Park.

View of the Graf Zeppelin at an angle flying over Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.

View of the Graf Zeppelin flying low over the Chicago skyline.

The Graf Zeppelin flying at a downward angle over Grant Park in The Loop community area of Chicago.

An enterprising balloon salesman sells balloons vaguely modeled on the Zeppelin's shape.

The Graf Zeppelin viewed in profile flying over Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in the Loop community area of Chicago.

The Graf Zeppelin viewed in profile flying at a downward angle over Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.

The Graf Zeppelin viewed at an angle flying over the Loop community area of Chicago.

Crowds sitting and standing on a lawn in Chicago's Grant Park.

The Graf Zeppelin flies over Chicago, Illinois. An airplane is visible below the Zeppelin on the lower left half of the image. The Graf Zeppelin, navigated by Dr. Hugo Eckener, flew around the northern hemisphere in August 1929.

(Photos: Chicago History Museum/Getty Images)

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