I found this photograph in the Zeppelin Archive last week and thought it would make a perfect Christmas greeting.
I have been planning to do a lengthy post about my trip to Friedrichshafen but have just not had the time. I had a wonderful week in Germany, mainly because of the people I was with. The week started with a visit to Zeppelin pilot Hans-Paul Ströhle who very kindly gave me a tour of the Zeppelin facilities and the ships that are in the hangar for winter maintenance. I then spent several days with Cheryl Ganz, who is always a delight to be with, and received a warm welcome at the Zeppelin Archiv from Barbara Waibel and her staff. (Thanks Barbara and Tobias!) Barbara also gave Cheryl and me a tour of the new exhibits at the Zeppelin Museum which was much appreciated. Manfred and Helga Bauer welcomed us into their home and were warm and gracious, and I felt privileged to be shown some fascinating and personal items from Manfred’s father, Zeppelin Captain Heinrich Bauer. I spent an afternoon with Andreas Horn and his beautiful wife, and in addition to enjoying their company it is always a pleasure spending time with someone who knows much more than I do (by far) about airship structures and engineering; I may know the rings and girders but Andreas knows the rivets. Andreas taught me a lot and frequently even corrected me, which was much appreciated. And I got to spend time with my friend Dieter Leder who gave me a copy of his new definitive book about Hindenburg crash mail, which I devoured on my flight home. (And my thanks to Dieter for teaching me my new favorite word: Maultaschen.)
All in all it was a wonderful time in a beautiful town with some warm and wonderful people. And I returned with much work to do (analyzing the flight logs and other items I copied); expect to see some new research on LZ-130, for example, in the coming months.
I will try to post additional details and photographs when I have the time, but for now let me just wish everyone a joyous, peaceful, and healthy Christmas and New Year.