• "Hindenburg" Dirigible Passenger Delivers Airship Lecture May 21

"Hindenburg" Dirigible Passenger Delivers Airship Lecture May 21

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Noted airship historian recalls firsthand the age of great airships

SEATTLE, May 5, 2011--In conjunction with the opening of the Dr. H. Logan Holtgrewe World War I Aircraft Model Collection exhibit, airship historian Dr. Horst Schirmer will give a May 21 presentation on the history of Zeppelins in war and peace. Schirmer advised and provided plans to Holtgrewe in the making of a 13-foot-long scale model of the World War I L-30 Zeppelin dirigible for the new exhibit. Schirmer has nutured a life-long interest in airship history, and he is possibly the only person still alive who has flown on the ill-fated Hindenburg dirigible. The lecture is at 2 p.m., and is free with admission to the Museum.

Schirmer was born in the heart of Zeppelin country, in the city of Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance, Germany. His father was an aerodynamic physicist involved in the design of two of the most famous airships--the Hindenburg and the Graf Zeppelin. Schirmer has been a repeated lecturer for the Lighter Than Air Historical Society in Lake Hurst, N.J. He is an internationally known surgeon, and currently associate professor of Urology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

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