New NBC time travel show features Hindenburg Disaster

by Dan Grossman on September 19, 2016

The new NBC time travel show Timeless, premiering October 3, features a trip back in time to save Hindenburg from destruction.

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Watercolor paintings of American blimps in WWII

by Dan Grossman on September 17, 2016

The wonderful Travel for Aircraft blog has posted a series of watercolor paintings of WWII LTA courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Adolf Dehn LTA painting
Adolf Dehn Lakehurst painting
Visit Travel for Aircraft to see the rest.





Definitive new book about Hindenburg now available

by Dan Grossman on September 14, 2016

I am very pleased that “Zeppelin Hindenburg: An Illustrated History of LZ-129” is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Cheryl Ganz, Patrick Russell, and I wrote this book together over the course of a year. We included dozens of never-before-published photographs and extensive text about Hindenburg’s development, design, construction, operation, and crash. Our goal was to create the most definitive book about LZ-129 ever published, and unlike other works on the topic the entire book (all 192 pages) is devoted solely and completely to Hindenburg.

Hindenburg book by Dan Grossman, Cheryl Ganz, and Patrick Russell

We are very proud of this book and we know you will enjoy it!

Hindenburg: Illustrated History of LZ-129, sample pages

The book is available now for pre-order on

If anyone would like to purchase a copy that I have autographed, with a personalized inscription if requested, feel free to contact me at for payment details.


New Hindenburg Book – “The Hindenburg in Flames”

by Dan Grossman on September 9, 2016

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A new book about the Hindenburg crash has just been published.

I was pleased to serve as historical consultant for The Hindenburg in Flames. Although designed for young adult readers, the publisher was determined to create a highly accurate work and I am quite proud of the book we produced.

I hope you enjoy it!


Hindenburg Disaster on The Weather Channel this week

by Dan Grossman on August 29, 2016

I enjoyed working on the Weather Channel’s “Top Ten Weather Disasters,” which is being broadcast this week.

The Hindenburg Disaster made their list and I used actual pieces of Hindenburg’s fabric and framework to explain how a spark jumped from the electrically charged fabric covering to the grounded metal framework.

Weather Channel - Dan Grossman - Aviation Historian


Weather Channel - Dan Grossman - Aviation Historian - Hindenburg Disaster


Weather Channel - Dan Grossman - Aviation Historian - Hindenburg Disaster


Weather Channel - Dan Grossman - Aviation Historian - Hindenburg Disaster


Video of this morning’s Airlander incident

August 24, 2016

Video of this morning’s Airlander incident: I have some additional information from sources at Cardington and elsewhere that I will post when, and if, permitted to discuss publicly.    

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Happy July Fourth, America!

July 4, 2016
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The Wonderful Airship Fantasy of Grey Goose Vodka

May 14, 2016

Once again an airship is used as the ultimate symbol of dreamy happiness, this time by Grey Goose vodka. When you want people to feel uplifted, summon an airship.

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Happy Mother’s Day from the Goodyear Blimp

May 8, 2016

The Goodyear Blimp wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day.

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Hindenburg Disaster Anniversary – May 6, 1937

May 6, 2016
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Every year on May 6, at 7:25 PM Eastern time, I drink several toasts on the anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster. Here are some photos from last year. Take a moment this evening to remember those who built this great ship, those who flew her, and those who lost their lives. To the memory of the airship […]

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Titanic and Hindenburg

April 14, 2016

People often compare R.M.S. Titanic and A.S. Hindenburg; there was even a film called Hindenburg: Titanic of the Skies. But while both are best remembered for their dramatic disasters, were about the same size, these two passenger ships otherwise had little in common. On the anniversary of the sinking of Titanic — April 14-15, 1912 —  a brief comparison of the two ships. Titanic: […]

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In Memoriam: U.S.S. Akron – April 4, 1933

April 4, 2016
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U.S.S. Akron, lost at sea April 4, 1933. The crash of U.S.S. Akron was the deadliest airship disaster in history, killing 73 men; there were only three survivors.

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U.S.S. Los Angeles lifts navy ship into the air

April 1, 2016

An April Fool’s joke from the 5 April 1931 issue of the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung.

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Video Trailer for “AIRSHIPS: Designed for Greatness”

January 24, 2016

A video trailer about Max Pinucci’s stunning new book. For information about ordering, email me at

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2016 Goodyear Airship Calendar Giveaway

December 31, 2015

To celebrate the New Year, is giving away a 2016 Goodyear Airship Calendar produced by the great folks at the Airship International Press. To enter, visit the Facebook page and add a comment to the post about the calendar giveaway. You can say anything you like: “I want one,” “I love the Goodyear Blimp,” anything […]

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Merry Christmas, Friends

December 25, 2015
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New Book about the Airship Roma Disaster

December 22, 2015

A new book about the 1922 airship Roma disaster will be published soon. The Roma was a United States Army airship built by Umberto Nobile; the ship ignited when it hit high-tension electrical wires near Langley Field at Hampton Roads, Virginia, killing 34 of the ship’s 45 crew members. The Roma crash was just one of many hydrogen airship […]

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Lady Grace Drummond-Hay’s 1928 Christmas Card

December 22, 2015

Lady Grace Hay Drummond-Hay’s 1928 Christmas card. Lady Drummond-Hay mailed these cards shortly after her first zeppelin flight in October, 1928, when she a passenger on the first transatlantic flight of LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin from Germany to America. A true zeppelin pioneer, Grace Drummond-Hay was also a passenger on Graf Zeppelin’s 1929 Round-the-World flight and Hindenburg’s maiden flight from Germany to the […]

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Santa Rides the Goodyear Blimp

December 21, 2015

Santa traded his sleigh for a Goodyear blimp in 1925. Santa Claus delivered his toys that year aboard Pilgrim, Goodyear’s first advertising blimp, which also served as Goodyear’s first Santa Claus Express. Goodyear’s Christmas generosity continues to this day, supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Last year Santa received his latest upgrade, to Goodyear’s newest airship: a Zeppelin NT named […]

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Beautiful New Book: “AIRSHIPS: Designed for Greatness”

December 19, 2015

A stunningly beautiful new book about airships has just been published. AIRSHIPS: Designed for Greatness is the work of Italian artist Max Pinucci, who created detailed, accurate, and beautiful illustrations of the world’s most famous airships, along with infographics explaining airship routes, performance, dimensions, and more. AIRSHIPS is available for $160 plus $30 shipping. The book […]

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