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Zeppelins stopped flying after the Hindenburg disaster. Now scientists want to bring them back.

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Zeppelins stopped flying after the Hindenburg disaster. Now scientists want to bring them back.

Aug 19, 2019 • NBC News

The proposed airships would move cargo more efficiently than oceangoing freighters — and produce far less pollution.

The age of huge, ocean-crossing zeppelins came to an end in 1937, when the Hindenburg — the largest craft of its type ever built — erupted in flames while landing in New Jersey. Dozens died.

Now, more than 80 years later, the giant airships may be poised for a comeback — not for passenger service, but as an environmentally friendly means of delivering goods around the globe.

As proposed in a recent scientific paper, the new airships would be 10 times bigger than the 800-foot Hindenburg — more than five times as long as the Empire State Building is tall — and soar high in the atmosphere. They’d do the work of traditional oceangoing cargo ships but would take less time and generate only a fraction of the pollution.

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