History. It happened today in Barcelona on 16th May

It happened today in Barcelona - 16th May

16th May 1929

The Graf Zeppelin airship flew over Barcelona on 16th May 1929 as part of the German participation at the Barcelona Universal Exposition in 1929. The LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin (Deutsches Luftschiff Zeppelin 127) was a German passenger-carrying hydrogen-filled rigid airship. It was operational for 9 years – from 1928 to 1937 – and made 590 flights in total. It offered the first commercial transatlantic passenger flight service. The air ship was named after the German airship pioneer Ferdinand von Zeppelin, a count (Graf) in the German nobility. It was conceived and operated by Hugo Eckener, the chairman of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin. When the airship was built it was the fastest in the world , reaching 120 kilometers per hour. It traveled 1.7 million kilometers in its almost 10 years of life. The LZ-127 was 237 meters long and had 5 engines. It had a crew of 40 members and space for 20 passengers. The airship was withdrawn from service after the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, and scrapped for military aircraft production in April, 1940.



The German Pavilion at the Barcelona Expo was designed by Mies van der Rohe and is regarded as a quintessential piece of 20th-century architecture. It was demolished after the Exhibition but reconstructed between 1985 and 1987 in its original location by Cristian Cirici, Ignasi de Solà-Morales and Fernando Ramos, following Mies van der Rohe's plans. Visit the German Pavilion in Barcelona near Plaza Espanya and the Magic Fountain. Mise van der Rohe also designed the iconic Barcelona chair for the pavilion.

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