Sunday, June 13, 2010

Oh, the Humanity!


The day after the Hindenburg accident, the Boston Globe ran a small story under the head "18 Major Dirigible Disasters Have Marked Last 23 Years." The list included the 1935 crash of the Macon (the site was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places), the 1930 crash of the R-101, and so forth, the first being the 1912 crash of the Akron.

And while the latest disaster involves no bodily harm, I was saddened to read on the airships.net blog that the Nippon Airship Corporation had ceased operations. Their website returns a bogus 403 error (it's actually their webpage, not a server response). I can't find any news about what will happen to the ship (NT Serial Number 2).

RIP

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