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Lightweight Piano Aboard the Hindenburg Airship
By Larry Smith

The Hindenburg did carry a "special lightweight piano", most
likely aluminum, during her first season, but according to the book
"Hindenburg" it was removed during her remodeling and was not aboard
during her ill-fated landing attempt at Lakehurst NJ.  Must be quite
a collector's item for whoever has it now.

Larry Smith

 [ Editor's note:
 [ Researchers at UCLA now say that the Hindenburg fire was not
 [ related to the hydrogen, but to the doped coating of the skin.
 [ "The substance used to coat the cotton skin -- a process known as
 [ 'doping' which makes the fabric taut and more durable -- was ex-
 [ tremely flammable. A combination of iron oxide, cellulose acetate
 [ and aluminum powder, 'the total mixture might well serve as a
 [ respectable rocket propellant,' Van Vorst said."
 [ See
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Thu 3 Dec 1998, 17:41:49 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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