Touch a Piece of the Hindenburg at Iowa Aviation Museum

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GREENFIELD, Iowa -- A new exhibit has opened at the Iowa Aviation Museum in Greenfield that highlights some of the largest flying machines ever built.

The exhibit also contains stories of Iowans who helped develop the lighter than air ships, which flew for about 10 years before being eclipsed by large airplanes.

The exhibit tells the story of Creston man Jerome Hunsaker, who was program manager of the first U.S. airship called the Shenandoah. The exit also tells the story of Fred T. Berry of Logan, who served as commander of the USS Los Angeles airship.

The exhibit also has a piece from one of the most famous airships, the Hindenburg, which went down in flames in New Jersey in 1937 killing 35 people. An airmail letter aboard the Hindenburg is among the collection on display.

The exhibit will run through the Iowa Aviation Museum season, which ends in November. You can learn more about this museum here.

David Wendell, an aviation historian from Cedar Rapids, assembled the collection.