An acquaintance claims that as a 2-year-old in 1929, he saw the Graf Zeppelin in New Orleans, noting a swastika on its tail. Did the zeppelin ever visit New Orleans?
Christened Graf Zeppelin on July 8, 1928 by the daughter of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, this airship, the D-LZ 127, was the most successful zeppelin ever built.
In 1929, Graf Zeppelin made perhaps its most famous flight: an around-the-world voyage covering more than 25,000 miles in five segments going from Lakehurst, N.J., to Friedrichshafen, Germany; Friedrichshafen to Tokyo; Tokyo to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to Lakehurst; and Lakehurst to Friedrichshafen again.
New Orleans was not on its flight plan, and the swastika was not put on the tail until after Adolf Hitler came to power.