Sunday, 12 August 2018

Zeppelins

1968: Definitive (New Currency)
On Lusaka's Cathedral Hill sits the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, it was built in the 1960s and the light of the African sun streaming through the coloured mosaic of stained glass must make the services go with a zing.  From Zambia I journey into the air
1988: Aviation Achievements
with a Zeppelin. The particular airship chosen for the stamp by Guyana is the LZ92 it was launched in 1917 and mainly used by the German military for reconnaissance missions although it did drop bombs once on some British docks. From war to peacetime 
and the most successful airship in history the Graf Zeppelin FZ127 launched in 1928 which took regular flights to North and South America, other destinations included a world tour in 1929 and an Arctic trip in 1930.  Eventually the airship was dismantled in 1940 on the orders of Herman Goring.
Going back in time to the some of the first adventures into the skies here is Pierre Testu-Brissy on a horse taking off from Bellevue Park, Paris. The horse had been trained to stand perfectly still on a platform regardless of the surroundings unfortunately its nose started to bleed due to the altitude of the balloon, happily both horse and rider returned safely. This was the first horse mounted balloon flight, zany.
Graf Zeppelin flying over Rijswijk, Zuid Holland in 1930
(Dutch Windmills collection)


The Sunday Stamps II prompt this week is the Letter Z - for Zambia and Zeppelins - for more Zs zoom over to See It On A Postcard.

4 comments:

FinnBadger said...

A great Z journey. I always thought zeppelins looked incredible, a pity they no longer fly.

That is one crazy story about the horse and rider - glad to read it all ended well.

Eva A. said...

You found the zeppelins that Bob was looking for... :)

Bob Scotney said...

Thanks for finding us some zeppelins. Poor horse.

Ana said...

great word! and it reminded me I have some zeppelins on stamps as well... for the next round, so thank you :)