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Today in Geek History: Ferdinand Von Zeppelin patents his fantastical flying machine in 1895. (Image by Gettysburg: Armored Warfare)
Studies have put the blame of the Hindenburg fire on the flammable material they used to make the skin. Hydrogen, while flammable, is not really so dangerous for the purpose. Think about the movie we have all seen. A hole punctured in the side of the Hindenburg would spew H2 into the O2 of the air and burn like a candle, or even a stove, but it would not explode, because there is no O2 inside the Hindenburg. Unless the skin started on fire and burned quickly from one end of the dirigible to the other.
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