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Re: Blimps - Thompson

From: Paul Thompson <MrApol@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 17:28:50 EDT
Fwd Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 21:10:46 -0400
Subject: Re: Blimps - Thompson

 >From: From: Alfred Lehmberg <Lehmberg@snowhill.com>
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 06:14:00 -0500
 >Subject: Re: Blimps

 >>From: Paul Thompson <MrApol@aol.com>
 >>To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
 >>Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 14:58:24 EDT
 >>Subject: Re: Blimps


I see no reason for so much spleen over what was intended as a
little factual side information.

I was not reading the 1942 LA panic debate. I only read the
messages that had "blimp" in the subject line.

It doesn't matter what size anti-aircraft ordnance the US was
using over Los Angeles in 1942; the fact is, solid slugs of any
size, lead or copper jacketed, and simple shrapnel will not
ignite a hydrogen filled gas cell. Tracer ammo won't either, in
as much as the tracer compound burns out in the first few
hundred yards of travel.

In World War 1, the British Royal Flying Corps and Navy Air
Service peppered Zeppelins with artillery and machine guns for
months without igniting a single airship. They did bring down a
few by simply shredding the Germans' gas cells to such an extent
the lifting gas all leaked out. It was until a pilot named
Reggie Warneford got above a Zeppelin in his Morane Saulnier
monoplane and dropped twenty pound bombs on the airship that a
Zeppelin was brought down in flames. Later in the war, Brock and
Pomeroy rounds were used to torch Zeppelins aloft. The French
used Le Prieur rockets (fired from Nieuport biplanes) to attack
Zeppelins and observation balloons.

All of this is more facts than are called for perhaps, but it's
merely to point out that hydrogen filled aerial devices are not
bombs waiting to go off. The Zeppelin Luft Reederei carried
passengers in perfect safety for over twenty years, not a single
fatality (how many airlines today can say that?) They used
hydrogen exclusively. The very public loss of the Hindenburg put
an end to Zeppelin travel without helium, which the US
government was unwilling to sell to the Nazi controlled company.

I don't know from whence the big chip on your shoulder comes,
but I was just sharing a little information.

See also:

Douglas Robinson, "Zeppelin"
Arch Whitehouse, "The Zeppelin Fighters"
John Toland, "Ships in the Sky"

Paul Thompson

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