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The dream was a fleet of hydrogen-filled airships criss-crossing the globe, silvered hulls shining in the sunlight. And for a while the fantasy became reality, For the Hindenburg was the Concorde of its day

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I thought they already figured this out a long time ago. I also seem to recall the MythBusters doing scale tests of this a few years ago too. I'm betting the electrical discharge was St. Elmo's Fire.
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The same conclusion was featured a few years back on Seconds from disaster as well, common knowledge I thought?
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I am also sure I heard this a few years back.
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I blame Led Zeppelin.
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You mean Lead Zeppelin.

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They should've use Helium instead

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[quote name='streetw0lf' timestamp='1362440276' post='595557958']
You mean Lead Zeppelin.
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No -- there is no a in the band's name.

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This was common knowledge I assumed. Well done!
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Oh the humanity!
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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1362440815' post='595557974']
No -- there is no a in the band's name.
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I think the joke was that it went down like a lead balloon. :shifty:
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I guess it's good we finally know.

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Ahh, when air travel was civilised. And highly flammable.

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why is this in its a conspiracy?

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[quote name='mokthraka' timestamp='1362450791' post='595558282']
why is this in its a conspiracy?
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yes, the nature are conspiring by giving human a hope of flight, but then burn'em up.

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[quote name='mokthraka' timestamp='1362450791' post='595558282']
why is this in its a conspiracy?
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[quote]Conspiracy theories took hold that the airship had been brought down by a bomb ...[/quote]

Reading is fundamental.

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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1362435647' post='595557792']
The dream was a fleet of hydrogen-filled airships criss-crossing the globe, silvered hulls shining in the sunlight. And for a while the fantasy became reality, For the Hindenburg was the Concorde of its day

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Really, despite the fact that the Hindenburg disaster was a big draw for conspiracy theory, this article is not presenting a conspiracy theory, so it shouldn't be here really.

Anyway, I just wanted to add, that where the article stated: "The dream was a fleet of hydrogen-filled airships criss-crossing the globe, silvered hulls shining in the sunlight" isn't really accurate. Everybody knows that they wanted to use helium and that hydrogen was only used because they couldn't get it.

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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1363712679' post='595586440']
Reading is fundamental.
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The fact this article is explaining why it isn't a conspiracy means it shouldn't be in here. Perhaps it should be in the science sub-forum instead?

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[quote name='metallithrax' timestamp='1362436712' post='595557836']
I am also sure I heard this a few years back.
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Yeah AFAIK this was solved quite some years ago. Maybe they've just replicated the conditions scientifically for a full confirmation or something?

I know hindsight is always 20/20, but even when learning about airships, filling them with Hydrogen always seemed like an immensely stupid idea.

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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1362440815' post='595557974']
No -- there is no a in the band's name.
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Actually, there was at first. They changed it so it wouldn't be pronounced "Leed" Zeppelin. At least that's what a Reddit TIL told me.

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[img]http://i.imgur.com/4V5xjta.jpg[/img]

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[quote name='Torolol' timestamp='1362440315' post='595557960']
They should've use Helium instead
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The original plans for the Graf Zeppelin was helium filled but the US, the world main manufacture of helium refused to license the helium manufacturing technology to a foreign company so she was modified for hydrogen, using the extra lift to increase the luxury in the passenger compartments.

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[quote name='Javik' timestamp='1362436426' post='595557822']
The same conclusion was featured a few years back on Seconds from disaster as well, common knowledge I thought?
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A few years ago a saw it on NatGeo too, they actually burned a piece of the surviving balloon (to match the flame) to prove the theory.

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