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Graf Zeppelin begins round-the-world flight

Graf Zeppelin begins round-the-world flight

8 August, 1929

The LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin began its round-the-world flight on 8th August 1929. The circumnavigation journey would take the German craft 21 days, 5 hours and 31 minutes. A total of 33,234 kilometres were covered in the voyage.

The craft started and ended its journey at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. The round-the-world trip was backed primarily by American newspaper magnet, William Randolph Hearst, who had paid $200,000 for the exclusive media rights.

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