AERONAUTICS: Zeppelin Pool

When the Graf Zeppelin flew the world last summer, air-minded U. S. financiers blinked interested eyes at the potentialities in lighter-than-air travel. Foremost among the blinkers was Charles Edwin Mitchell, board chairman of National City Bank. While public excitement died down after the accomplishment of the Graf, he kept the financial pot simmering, aroused potent protagonists. In October 1929, International Zeppelin Transport Corp. was incorporated under the laws of Delaware.

Last week the Grafs commander, busy Dr. Hugo Eckener, arrived in Manhattan from Germany. He was closeted with Banker Mitchell. They...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!