HUGO ECKENER AND THE AIRSHIP GRAF ZEPPELIN
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HUGO ECKENER AND THE AIRSHIP GRAF ZEPPELIN
Sold for US$ 162 inc. premium

The Air and Space Sale

27 Sep 2017, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
HUGO ECKENER AND THE AIRSHIP GRAF ZEPPELIN
Mounted display of memorabilia related to Dr. Hugo Eckener and the airship Graf Zeppelin, including a piece of the exterior cotton-canvas fabric of the airship, 2 x 8 inches, from its first transatlantic flight in 1928; a printed flight schedule for Graf Zeppelin; a 2-3/8 x 4-1/4 inch photograph of the zeppelin and another of Clara Adams, Dr. Hugo Eckener and others; and a descriptive note in an unknown hand: "This is a sample of the outer covering of the Graf Zeppelin. It was presented to Clara Adams from Dr. Hugo Eckener—1928. The Graf Zeppelin made the first flight across in 1928. The Graf Zeppelin never met with a disaster! The dirigible Hindenburg made its first flight in 1936. Clara Adams was a passenger on that great flight." Housed together in a 16 x 20-3/4 inch frame.
Provenance: Clara Adams.

DR. HUGO ECKENER (1868-1954) was the manager of the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin and the commander of the Graf Zeppelin. Working as a journalist before World War I, he wrote critically of the performance of Count von Zeppelin's early airships. After a meeting between the two men, however, he was hired as a publicist for the company. He learned to operate the machines, obtained an airship license in 1911, and trained most of the German airship pilots during World War I. He took over management of the company after Count von Zeppelin's death in 1917. It was largely through Eckener's efforts that the ban on German airships was lifted in 1926, allowing trans-Atlantic commercial flights. Outspoken about his dislike of the Nazis, Eckener was sidelined during World War II and the commercial zeppelins were scrapped to build airplanes during the war.

Clara Adams (1884–1971) was a flight passenger pioneer who flew on the maiden US voyages of both Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg. Dr. Eckener met the American woman during one of her flights. The photo shows Mrs. Adams with Dr. and Mrs. Eckener in Friedrichshafen, after arrival from America on the Graf Zeppelin on November 3, 1928.
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