|Construction of Hindenburg began in Friedrichshafen,
Germany in 1931 and was completed in 1936.
Total Length: 803.8 feet
Diameter at Largest Point: 135.1 feet
Total Gas Capacity: 7,062,100 cubic feet
The framework was made of an alloy of aluminum and copper
with traces of magnesium, manganese, iron, and silicon. This alloy
is commonly known as duralumin.
|The control car was divided into 3 areas:
control room and bridge, navigation room, and observation area. In
addition to rudder and elevator controls, the control room contained instruments
such as the altimeter, inclinometer and gas-cell-pressure monitor along
with toggles to release hydrogen gas and water ballast. The navigation
room contained two gyro compass repeaters, a radio compass and the telephone
switchboard. The radio room was located above the control car and
was accessed via a ladder in the observation area at the rear of the control
car. An alternate control area was located in the interior of the
lower vertical fin.