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.
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