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Dan Grossman with U.S. Navy MZ-3A (Photo: JB-MDL Public Affairs)

Dan Grossman with U.S. Navy MZ-3A (Photo: JB-MDL Public Affairs)

Contact Information

Dan Grossman
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1579 Monroe Dr, Ste F-138
Atlanta, Georgia, 30324 USA

About Dan Grossman

I have been researching, writing, and speaking about the technology and history of rigid airships and zeppelins for over 20 years.  I have worked on television documentaries, consulted for museums around the world, given talks and lectures, and have frequently been quoted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and other media outlets.

I have also done research regarding Pan Am’s clipper flying boats and have written about ocean liner history and technology.

My new book, coming out in 2017

"Zeppelin Hindenburg" book

NPR Interview about Akron Disaster:

Trailer for “What Destroyed the Hindenburg?

This is a documentary I did for the Discovery Channel in the US and Channel 4 in the UK.

Trailer for “Weather That Changed The World

This is a documentary I worked on for The Weather Channel.

 Interview on The Weather Channel

On flight deck of Zeppelin NT

Why Airships?

As a technology nerd and former pilot — obsessed by flight since I was a little kid — I have long been fascinated by the history and technology of aviation.

Why airships? There is something magical about an object larger than the U.S. capitol building that simply floats in the air. Every kid loves helium balloons and what could be better than a balloon the size of an ocean liner?

I am also fascinated by the wide-eyed enthusiasm for technology of the Machine Age — the age of the airship — when people believed science could make everything better. And I am drawn to an era in which the most advanced technology of the day could be developed by untrained amateurs like Ferdinand von Zeppelin or Hugo Eckener. The defining aviation technologies of the early 20th century (the passenger zeppelin, the internal combustion engine, the flying boat airliner) are remarkably simple devices, and there is not much about these machines that cannot be understood by someone with average intelligence and a touch of mechanical ability. There is something appealing for me about a time in which the height of technology was represented by machines that were, in essence, so very basic.

But mostly, they were just really cool.

Dan Grossman

With Manfred Bauer (son of Hindenburg officer Heinrich Bauer), Dr. Cheryl Ganz, and Manfred’s daughter, at the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen

Airships.net author Dan Grossman at the site of the Hindenburg crash

Airships.net author Dan Grossman at the site of the Hindenburg crash

About the Site

Airships.net is a non-commercial educational resource for the public.  It is the product of original research from primary and secondary sources and I am also deeply grateful to the distinguished historians who have generously reviewed the site and offered their suggestions, criticisms, and corrections.

This entire website is protected by copyright but permission to quote the site is liberally granted to those who request it; a link to the site is always required.

© 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 Daniel Grossman