Vice Admiral, United States Navy, and advocate of lighter-than-air flight
In reference to the Hindenburg accident: “When I saw the first blaze I knew the ship was doomed and I also thought that there would immediately be an explosion which would flatten every building at the field and kill everybody looking on. I thought it was curtains for all of us.”
May 15, 1892
May 14, 1977
Philadelphia Naval Hospital
Rosendahl served as an official observer on the German airship Hindenburg, on transatlantic flights between Frankfurt and Rio de Janeiro in August–September 1936. He was in command at Lakehurst on the night of 6 May 1937 and witnessed the destruction of the Hindenburg, leading fire fighting and rescue efforts. He later testified at the Department of Commerce Inquiry into the accident.
Rosendahl was the leading figure in America’s rigid airship program. He was one of the most experienced airship aviators in the United States, and was a tireless proponent of lighter-than-air aviation.
FAST FACTS USS Los Angeles in Panama, 1929
LIVING HISTORY PERFORMER: Jim Kemper
USS Los Angeles in Panama, 1929