In the first half of the twentieth century, there were great airships that sailed the skies, quite majestically. They were used both for transportation, and also in war in world war I and II. The German Zeppelin Airship company built the Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg for transcontinental and transatlantic travel. They were the cruise ships of the sky.
In the early days the Zeppelins were inflated with hydrogen gas for bouancy which worked very well, but was also very dangerous. Later the Americans found a way to effectively produce helium gas, so we had much safer airships. Although hydrogen has better bouyancy, it is highly explosive. In times of war, we would not share our safer helium with the Germans.
The German Zeppelin Airship LZ-126 "Hindenburg" had it's famous flaming crash at the Lakehurst National Airport in New Jersy in the USA.
Airships from then on could not lose the stigma of the flaming crash of the Hindenburg. It was the "Titanic" story of the Sky! There were Some wonderful ships built after the Hindenburg, though.
After WW 1, the Zeppelin Airship Company and Goodyear Aerospace entered a contract to design, and build airships for the US Navy. This was the formation of:
Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation then went on to build the two Largest Airships ever built.
There is a long history of Germans and Americans working together doing many great things, but there were wars in between, which of course ended the Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation. There are still many Goodyear Blimps in the US, and located in many different paces now, but it all started with the goodyear Zeppelin Corporation in Akron Ohio.
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After the second world war, it was this same co-operation between Germans and Americans that accomplished the greatest feat of mankind. We sent people to the moon, and returned them safely several times.
( This is of course the next story, coming soon... )