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Flight From Berlin

A Novel

by David John

Flight From Berlin
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2012, 384 pages
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    Jun 2013, 384 pages

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A Short History of the Zeppelin

In Flight from Berlin, Richard Denham inherits his love for and fascination with zeppelins from his father. The highlight of his press coverage of the 1936 Olympic games is flying into Berlin on the Hindenburg with a film crew. At that time, passenger zeppelins were mostly a uniquely German phenomenon having been developed in the late 1800s by German war hero Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838 – 1917).

Ferdinand von Zeppelin The Count first encountered so-called lighter-than-air travel during his visit to the United States in the 1860s with permission from president Abraham Lincoln. The flight was aboard a coal-fired hot air balloon. Years later, after he retired from the army, he began work on a steerable balloon-type airship and developed his first prototype in 1898. It was only able to fly for about eighteen minutes covering three and-a-half miles. Zeppelin continued to work on perfecting his design, and in 1908 he made possible the world's first 24-hour endurance flight that gained him ...

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