First Flight of the Graf Zeppelin: September 18, 1928

Today is the anniversary of the first flight of LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin on September 18, 1928.

Graf Zeppelin leaving hangar for its first flight on September 18, 1928

The new ship lifted off at 3:32 PM under the command of Hugo Eckener, and flew a little over three hours before returning to its base in Friedrichshafen.

For more information about the Graf Zeppelin, visit:

Graf Zeppelin Dining Room

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Tom M.

Hi folks. Is there a link to Zach’s video? I can’t find one in the post.
New England Air Museum


Hey, wasn’t sure where I should post this, but this is a video I took this summer while in Germany this summer at the Zeppelin museum in Zeppelinheim.

Zach A

Great pictures!!
Happy 81st to the Graf!


Happy Birthday! 😀