Entitled: "Graf Zeppelin over Giza pyramids, 1931." LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin was a German-built and operated, passenger-carrying, hydrogen-filled, rigid airship which operated commercially from 1928 to 1937. It was named after Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was
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Entitled: "Graf Zeppelin over Giza pyramids, 1931." LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin was a German-built and operated, passenger-carrying, hydrogen-filled, rigid airship which operated commercially from 1928 to 1937. It was named after Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was a count (Graf) in the German nobility, and christened by his daughter on July 8, 1928, which would have been his 90th birthday. From 1928 to 1932 the airship was used primarily for experimental and demonstration purposes to prepare the way for regular commercial transatlantic passenger service. The airship made its first long distance journey in 1928 with a crossing of the Atlantic to the United States. Later demonstration flights included its round-the-world tour in 1929, the Europe-Pan American flight in 1930, a polar expedition in 1931, two round trips to the Middle East, and a variety of other flights around Europe. In 1932 the Graf began providing regularly scheduled passenger, mail, and freight service between Germany and South America (Brazil). The Graf was abruptly withdrawn from active service on the day after the loss of the Hindenburg in May 1937. During its career the Graf Zeppelin flew more than 1,056,000 miles becoming the first aircraft in history to fly over a million miles, made 590 flights, 144 oceanic crossings (143 across the Atlantic, one across the Pacific), and carried 13,110 passengers without ever injuring a passenger or crewman. The Graf was scrapped in 1940. The Giza Necropolis (pyramids of Giza) is an archeological site on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. This complex of ancient monuments includes the three pyramid complexes known as the Great Pyramids, the massive sculpture known as the Great Sphinx, several cemeteries, a workers' village and an industrial complex. The pyramids, which have historically loomed large as emblems of ancient Egypt in the Western imagination, were popularized in Hellenistic times, when the Great Pyramid was listed by Antipater of Sidon as