Sir Hubert Wilkins' Expeditions - 1929 Zepplin World Flight

Returning to America after his pioneering flight in Antarctica, Wilkins was invited to be aboard the largest airship of the period, the Graf Zeppelin, as it attempted the first around the world flight. Wilkins agreed and joined the flight to make a film record. The Graf Zeppelin flew from Lakehurst, New York, across the Atlantic to Germany. From Germany it made the longest non-stop flight up until that time - from Germany, across Russia to Japan. From Japan it crossed the Pacific and America to return to New York. Six years later Wilkins would be aboard the airship Hindenburg as it made its maiden voyage from Germany to America.
Sir Hubert Wilkins' Expeditions - Wilkins aboard the Graf Zeppelin when it made the first round the world flight
Wilkins (left) aboard the Graf Zeppelin when it made the first round
the world flight in 1929. (Copyright: Ohio State University)

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