Knut Eckener and the zeppelin mascot, "Vee-Dol," a chow puppy who was carried on the German zeppelins to ward off bad luck. Knut was the son of Dr. Hugo Eckener, German designer and pilot of the commericial airships - the Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg. Knut Eckener followed in his father's footsteps and also piloted both the Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg.http://www.akronlibrary.org/internetresources/sc/finding/fulton.pdf
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