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June 21, 2023

Amazing Vintage Photographs of German Zeppelin Airship Flying Over Giza, Egypt in the 1930s

LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin was a German-built and operated, passenger-carrying, hydrogen-filled, rigid airship which operated commercially from 1928 to 1937. It was named after Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was a count (Graf) in the German nobility, and christened by his daughter on July 8, 1928.

From 1928 to 1932 the airship was used primarily for experimental and demonstration purposes to prepare the way for regular commercial transatlantic passenger service. The airship made its first long distance journey in 1928 with a crossing of the Atlantic to the United States. Later demonstration flights included its round-the-world tour in 1929, the Europe-Pan American flight in 1930, a polar expedition in 1931, two round trips to the Middle East, and a variety of other flights around Europe.

In 1932 the Graf began providing regularly scheduled passenger, mail, and freight service between Germany and South America (Brazil). The Graf was abruptly withdrawn from active service on the day after the loss of the Hindenburg in May 1937.

During its career the Graf Zeppelin flew more than 1,056,000 miles becoming the first aircraft in history to fly over a million miles, made 590 flights, 144 oceanic crossings (143 across the Atlantic, one across the Pacific), and carried 13,110 passengers without ever injuring a passenger or crewman. The Graf was scrapped in 1940.

The year 1931 falls within the interwar period, a time of global tension and transition between World War I and World War II. It was a period characterized by economic instability, social change, and political uncertainty. The photographs of the Graf Zeppelin floating over the pyramids reflects both technological advancements and the spirit of exploration prevalent during this era.

The Graf Zeppelin’s flight over the Great Pyramids exemplifies the fascination with aviation and exploration during the early 20th century. This era witnessed numerous groundbreaking achievements in aviation, with airships and airplanes capturing the imagination of the public. The ability to witness an airship floating over such a historic and iconic location would have been an awe-inspiring experience for the Egyptian men observing the event.


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