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eMedals-Graf Zeppelin Cap c.1928-1937

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Graf Zeppelin Cap c.1928-1937


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Graf Zeppelin Cap c.1928-1937

Graf Zeppelin Cap c.1928-1937 - Fabricated from black wool with a protruding lip in the crest of the cap, a 32 mm wide full-length nylon tally ribbon embroidered in gold thread "GRAF ZEPPELIN" at the front, the tally ribbon encircling the cap, with the two ends of the tally ribbon stitched to the reverse of the cap and hanging freely in a naval style, the side wall behind the tally ribbon with a hessian (burlap) support, the inside with a 37 mm wide leather sweatband, the ends of the sweatband bow-tied together at the rear, lined in blue cotton and stamped "Echtblau Tuch Reine Wolle" (Real Blue Pure Wool Cloth) in the dome of the cap, with a white elastic chin strap, 225 mm x 245 mm x 90 mm in height, fine stitching, quality workmanship, clean, extremely fine. Footnote: LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin was a German-built and -operated, passenger-carrying, hydrogen-filled, rigid airship which operated commercially from 1928 to 1937. It was named after the German pioneer of airships, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was a "Graf" or Count in the German nobility. During its operating life, the airship made 590 flights covering more than a million miles (1.6 million km). It was designed to be operated by a crew of 36 officers and men. It was in the last five years of service, 1932 -1937, that Graf Zeppelin proved that an intercontinental commercial airship service was possible. For those five years it operated regular scheduled services during the summer season between Germany and South America. The Zeppelin Company built a large hangar in Rio de Janeiro, then Brazil's capital city, the construction of which was subsidized by the Brazilian government. Designed and assembled with parts brought from Germany, the hangar was used only nine times: four by the Graf and five by the LZ-129 Hindenburg. The Graf Zeppelin was too small and slow for the North Atlantic service, yet because of the blau gas fuel, was just capable of carrying out the South Atlantic route. The onset of regular airline service also led to a drastic reduction in the number of flights being made by the airship which, having logged almost 200 flights in 1930-31, made less than 60 in 1932.     Price: $
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